Christian Counseling Training Article on Christianity and the Good Citizen

Christ’s famous words, “give unto Caesar what is for Caesar and give unto God what is for God” was important clarification to Christians on how to be good citizens.  Christ knew His Kingdom was not of this world but He also knew that Christians live in the temporal world.  Under such conditions, certain things must be given to God for spiritual salvation, but there were also duties to give to lawful authority.

The Christian citizen is thus not only brining the joy of the good news to the world, but also existing within society, obeying its laws and contributing not only at a spiritual level but also at a social level.  Christians share their many talents with their community and nation and serve as examples of good moral character while obeying and serving their nation.  Whether it is as mere citizen or political post, a Christian is meant to obey law and represent just cause within society.

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A good Christian citizen while obeying just law and serving as a good civic and moral example also pushes for just and good social reforms through the proper legal and peaceful channels.  The good Christian protects the rights of others, opposes unjust laws that discriminate and impose suffering on others and protect the right of the weak.  Obviously abortion is a key issue here in regards to an unjust law that must be opposed through civic and legal discourse.  Those who take upon public office have a dual duty to both their faith and state.  While they cannot allow religious based ideals to overwhelm those who believe differently, Christian political leaders must adhere to the moral natural law in all legislation.   Those who break from those fundamental truths that bind all humanity, for the sake of secular glorification, fail both their duties as a statesperson and Christian.  Again this is why all Christian political leaders MUST oppose abortion legislation and denounce it for the evil it is.

A Christian hence is called to represent Christ in the nation and promote social morality.  This is done through voting according to conscience based on Christian ideals and also by supporting and promoting social justice to all.  While Christians may disagree with current social laws, they promote change to truth through peaceful measures that reflect the example of Christ.  Christian citizens also stand up against anti religious laws that look to remove reference of God to society.  The constant attack of atheism is found in society and this atheism looks to remove the freedoms and expressions of God in the public square.  The Christian citizen is called to peacefully battle this insult to God.

A good Christian citizen will also avoid extremism and nationalism.  Christian citizens will promote love of country and patriotism, but they will not support nationalistic values that place value over others of different race or creed.  In a pluralistic society, Christians while promoting the teachings of Christ, nonetheless, respect the values and opinions of others.  They do not look to force the teachings of Christ on others, but look to gently teach by word and example.

A Christian citizen however never places civic duty over the duty to God.  When the state over steps its boundaries, like Christians who endured death centuries before and in communist nations today, the Christian citizen stands up for religious freedom and the teachings of Christ at the expense of even one’s own life.  This is an unfortunate reality for many nations under communist control who denounce religious freedom and expression of one’s own personal worship.  In these cases, the Christian is called to duty to God first and overthrow of the evil government.

There should never be a conflict between being a good citizen and a good Christian in a democracy and just republic.  When balance is given to both, Christianity can flourish and add to the value of the secular state by producing good citizens that respect law and the social needs of others.

Love of nation is never a bad thing.  In fact, it is a prerequisite of any good person.  It places the love of neighbor over oneself which is a central teaching of the faith.  Christian citizens hence are always willing to sacrifice for their home and fellow citizen.

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Divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, pope says at audience

Do divorce couples have a future in the sacramental life of the church?  If you would like to become a certified christian counselor then review
Do divorce couples have a future in the sacramental life of the church? If you would like to become a certified christian counselor then review

The newspaper for the Diocese of La Crosse

Sourced through Scoop.it from: thecatholictimes.com

Important reforms for the pastoral care of Catholics suffering from divorce and remarriage.  Without compromising the sacred nature of the marriage contract but also treating people humanely as well as the children is a critical issue facing the church.

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God is Bigger Than Your Financial Problems

God is larger than your financial problems.  If you would like to become a certified Christian Counselor then please review the program
God is larger than your financial problems. If you would like to become a certified Christian Counselor then please review the program

Have you ever experienced stress and anxiety because you’re dealing with a ton of financial problems? I’ve been there.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.crosswalk.com

A short article about faith and God over material and financial distress. We need to find counsel and hope that God will open the doors he intends for us.  Easier said then done when bills come, but if we place our hope and talents in God, he will direct them.  Sometimes its just a matter of patience and God’s will before our own. Maybe even less luxurious lifestyles that ultimately may be hurting our soul

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What Are YOU Called to Do? Take the Self-Examination Test

What is your vocational call in life and how do we find it.  A certified Christian Counselor can help
What is your vocational call in life and how do we find it. A certified Christian Counselor can help

This week’s post should be thought-provoking and FUN! Read on and get started now.

Source: www.crosswalk.com

A short article about understanding our vocational call in life and how we are cultivating it.  This article asks some questions so be prepared to answer honestly and see if you are moving in the right direction

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Can I be a Casual-Sex Christian?

 

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Please see if you would like to become a certified Christian Counselor. Also can an active non married sex life relate to a true Christian?

Our sins were paid for when Jesus died on the cross. This does not mean we have the green light to continue sinning when we know better!

Source: www.crosswalk.com

One cannot serve two masters.  Many wish casual sex had no effect on our spirituality or role as a Christian but the truth is such ideas are impossible.  While there are those who fail but seek forgiveness there are those who would like to have the ability to be Christian and sexual with no opposition.   This is wrong and not compatible with Christ.   As Christians we must fight our urges, and when we fall seek forgiveness, but we can never dare say it is OK to be lustful and still think it is an acceptable life compatible with Christ. It is not.

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St Patrick: Celtic Monasticism and Spiritual Formation today

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Source: www.patheos.com

A good article that looks beyond the secular day of St Patty but instead focusing on the spirituality of the saint.  Especially his philosophy on overcoming hardships in our spiritual life and how God tests our worth in such times of hardship

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What is the Role of Freedom in Developing Teen Discernment?

Teens crave freedom and they want to show the adults in their life that they are fully prepared to make their own decisions…

Source: www.crosswalk.com

Good article about when and how to give your teens the freedom they need but in a controlled and safe way.  This is a tough time and it takes skilled parenting to manuever.  This article looks at some good ways and bad ways in dealing with one’s teen

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Helping guide a teen spiritually is tough for parents. A balance of freedem and respect is needed with guidance and discipline. if you would like to become a certified Christian Counselor then please review
Helping guide a teen spiritually is tough for parents. A balance of freedom and respect is needed with guidance and discipline. if you would like to become a certified Christian Counselor then please review

 

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Being a Strong Father in a Culture of Weak Men

Where are all the good fathers in this generation?  If you would like to become a certified Christian Counselor then please review
Where are all the good fathers in this generation? If you would like to become a certified Christian Counselor then please review

Boys should be able to describe what a godly man looks like, having watched one from the time they were a little boy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most.

Source: www.crosswalk.com

A good article about how fathers can be strong in this age.  Even though this age has poor examples across the board for fatherhood, there cans till be singularly good fathers here and there who can raise their children to be good Christians and citizens.

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Giving Thanks to God: Losing a National Tradition

Become a certified christian counselor
Become a certified christian counselor

The article, “Giving Thanks to God: Losing a National Tradition”, by Michael Craven states

“As we, once again, approach this national day of “thanksgiving” I thought it necessary to reflect upon our nation’s long history of acknowledging and giving thanks to the Almighty God.”

American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight:

A good article about the need to be thankful to God from two of our greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  In times of stress and grief, these men would issue how as a nation we should be thankful and pray to God to continue to bless our nation.

Today, people are becoming more secular and forgetting the purpose of Thanksgiving and turning into a shopping day. It is important to avoid secularism and the wanting more culture and embrace thankfullness and to remember others during this Holiday Season

Certified Christian Counselors can remind people of their need to be thankful during visits for even the smallest things.  Whether life is rough or not, we all have something to be thankful to God for.  Certified Christian Counselors have an excellent opportunity to incorporate thanks into their sessions with clients.

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Certified Christian Counselor:How To Help A Troubled Marriage

A certified Christian Counselor can help a troubled marriage
A certified Christian Counselor can help a troubled marriage

Often, people do nothing because they fear they might do the wrong thing – but doing nothing is DEFINITELY the wrong thing.

American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight:

Excellent source for a friend or even a  Certified Christian Counselor who needs aid in deciphering what to say or not say to a married couple experiencing problems in their marriage.

A Certified Christian Counselor can provide biblical and Christ centered teaching to a troubled marriage and attempt to rectify the issues.

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