You were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light. – Ephesians 5:8 NASB
“Whatever be your place … cherish a public spirit. Serve your generation.” This charge was given by Samuel Davies, fourth president of Princeton University, to the eleven members of that school’s class of 1760. He spoke not merely as an educator, but as a passionate Christian. Called the “Apostle of Virginia,” he had spent years as a pastor and evangelist.
His example and encouragement set a standard those students followed throughout their lives. One became a member of the Continental Congress. Two became chaplains in the Continental Army. Two became judges. One founded a college. One was a member of the United States House of Representatives. Another signed the American Declaration of Independence.
Davies understood that Christians need to make it their primary goal to please God and proclaim salvation. But he knew that Christians have a responsibility to be involved in the world as well.
We are to pray for all those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2) and be good citizens (Titus 3:1). We should be the “salt of the earth,” and “the light of the world,” shining
brightly that others “may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16).
Today, the world needs Christians who are the salt of the earth, who are examples of integrity and honesty, and who show compassion and concern. Be ready to stand up for your faith. Pray. Vote. As God leads you, get involved!
PrayerFather, I humble myself before You. I offer myself as a living sacrifice. Use me to bring revival and further Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingEphesians 5