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Summary: Christians should be good citizens.


Titus 3:1-2

INTRO.- ILL.- A girl went into a Chinese restaurant in Chicago and told Wing Foo Sam, a waiter, that

she wanted an order of chow mein to take out. She said she wanted a first-class order because, as she

explained, “it’s for a mighty nice chap.”

Wing Foo Sam brought the chow mein, the girl took it away and a short time later the trouble began. The fellow who ate the chow mein thought he was eating liquid fire. When the complaint came back to the restaurant, Wing Foo Sam was immediately fired by his Chinese boss. But when Wing Foo Sam explained what happened, he got his job right back.

It appears that when the girl said the chow mein was for a mighty nice “chap,” Wing Foo Sam misunderstood her and thought she said, “a might nice Jap.” That’s when Wing Foo Sam’s blood pressure rose to the boiling point and he thought he’d fix that mighty nice Jap with three teaspoons-full of blazing red hot peppers.

Brethren, while we might not agree with Wing Foo Sam’s actions, we must appreciate that he was a passionate patriot of his country China.

I’m not in favor of persecuting people from other countries just because we happen to believe that our

country is the greatest country in the world.

ILL.- I recently heard a startling statistic about the state of California. Do you know what people in that

state are the minority? CAUCASIANS! The Caucasian population in California is now 49.9 percent.

California has been flooded with people from around the world. And this is has happened in practically

every state in the union! People have come to America with the idea that it is the land of plenty and there is freedom to do whatever a person wants.

And basically, that’s true! That’s one of the things that makes America so great. We have so much available to us. And if a person is committed enough and dedicated enough, they can do practically

anything they want in life.

Consequently, we are being invaded by people from all over the world! But in our patriotism we must not persecute other people! We must not be unkind to anyone for any reason. Why? Because we are Christians! And I don’t believe that we are to hate anybody. And that includes anybody from any other country of the world or any other race.

ILL.- I heard just recently that hate groups are making great gains into people’s lives through the

Internet. Of course, all kinds evil is making its way through the use of the Internet.

I heard an TV interview of some leader of a Neo-Nazi hate group recently. He is also a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He said that in the past he handed out thousands of leaflets, pushing his propaganda, but he said now they reach millions through the Internet. And it’s much quicker, easier and cheaper!

ILL.- Here’s an example of just one hate group. A Rev. Matt Hale, leader of the World Church of the

Creator, based in Peoria, IL, was interviewed. This “World Church of the Creator” is, of course,

anti-Semitic, racist and believes in white supremacy. There are parts of the interview which I couldn’t begin to repeat. And I believe this was the fellow who

came to Mattoon some months back.

Matt Hale said, “We believe that in order for white people to prosper, to survive, to expand, and

advance their own kind, they need to have a racial religion of their own. Rather than a religion such as

Christianity, which tells them to love their enemies, love the meek, and the inferior. We need a religion

which exalts our own people and our own people alone.”

Brethren, I don’t buy it!

I believe in being a patriot of America but not to the point of hating other people and other races! That’s not the way of Jesus and we believe in Jesus and follow Him!

If the Lord Jesus had been a racist we would never been saved in the first place! But Jesus died on the

cross for all mankind! For every race! For every tribe! For every nation!

Jesus said to “go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.”

The apostle Paul said in Rom. 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes...”

The apostle Peter said in Acts 10:34-35 “I now realize that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.”

Brethren, the promise of eternal life is for all people! We should never be selfish with the gospel or

anything that Christ offers. And we should never be prejudiced against any other people or race!

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