Other Scripture


Citizenship


“[Jesus] said to them, 'Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's.'" Luke 20:25 NRSV

"[Jesus prayed], I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one." John 17:15 NRSV

“I urge that petitions, prayers, requests and thanksgivings be offered to God for all men; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life, in entire godliness and proper conduct." 1 Timothy 2:1-2 TEV

“Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king's son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.… For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight." Psalm 72:1-2, 12-14 NRSV

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." Proverbs 14:34 NRSV

“'You, O king, have made a decree, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, shall fall down and worship the golden statue, and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.…' Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.'" Daniel 3:10-11, 16-18 NRSV

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8 NRSV

“But Peter and the apostles answered, 'We must obey God rather than any human authority.'" Acts 5:29 NRSV

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; for it is God's servant for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience." Romans 13:1-5 NRSV

“Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power." 1 Corinthians 15:24 NRSV

“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1 NRSV

“Submit yourselves, for the Lord's sake, to every human authority; to the Emperor who is the supreme authority, and to the governors, who have been sent by him to punish the evildoers and praise those who do good." 1 Peter 2:13-14 TEV

“As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil." 1 Peter 2:16 TEV

“Remind your people to submit to rulers and authorities, to obey them, to be ready to do every good thing." Titus 3:1 TEV

Contact:

Ferrell Foster
Director, Ethics & Justice, Christian Life Commission

(512) 473-2288

Creation Care


"In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1

"So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.' God said, 'See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.' And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day." Genesis 1:27-31

"The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it." Genesis 2:15

"Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars, and spreads its wings towards the south? Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes its nest on high?" Job 39:26-27

"The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it." Psalm 24:1

"The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us." Psalm 67:6

"When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants, it is I who keep its pillars steady." Psalm 75:3

"[God] cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth." Psalm 104:14

"Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry." Psalm 147:7-9

"Do not fear, O soil; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things! Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield." Joel 2:21-22

Ethical Choices


" I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one." John 17:15 NRSV

"But Peter and the apostles answered, 'We must obey God rather than any human authority.'" Acts 5:29 NRSV

"For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1 NRSV

"As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil." 1 Peter 2:16 TEV

Hunger & Poverty


"And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'" Matthew 25:40

"Jesus said also to the one who had invited him, 'When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.'" Luke 14:12-14

"For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the wild animals may eat. You shall do the same with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard." Exodus 23:10-11

"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:9-10

"If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be." Deuteronomy 15:7-8

"All my bones shall say, "O Lord, who is like you? You deliver the weak from those too strong for them, the weak and needy from those who despoil them." Psalm 35:10

"Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people." Psalm 113:5-8

"Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor him." Proverbs 14:31

"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full." Proverbs 19:17

"The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding." Proverbs 29:7

"Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9

"With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need." Acts 4:33b-35

"I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, "The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little." 2 Corinthians 8:13-15

"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,' and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead." James 2:14-17

"We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action." 1 John 3:16-18

All Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version unless otherwise noted.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Money & Economics


"[Jesus] said to them, 'Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's.'" Luke 20:25, NRSV

"You shall not lend them your money at interest taken in advance, or provide them food at a profit." Leviticus 25:37, NRSV

"The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is vanity." Ecclesiastes 5:10, NRSV

"For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to the one who possesses it." Ecclesiastes 7:12, NRSV

"Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king's son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.… For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight." Psalm 72:1-2, 12-14, NRSV

"Can I tolerate wicked scales and a bag of dishonest weights? Your wealthy are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, with tongues of deceit in their mouths." Micah 6:11-12, NRSV

"Pay to all what is due to them—taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due." Romans 13:7, NRSV

"Do not say to yourself, 'My power and the might of my own hand have gained me this wealth.' But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth." Deuteronomy 8:17-18, NRSV


All Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version unless otherwise noted.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

War & Peace


"For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

"The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." Isaiah 11:6-9

"But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well." Matthew 5:39-40

"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44

"And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places." Matthew 24:6-7

"Then Jesus said to him, 'Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.'" Matthew 26:52

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!" Luke 2:14

"If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." Romans 12:18

"Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual edification." Romans 14:19

"I urge that petitions, prayers, requests and thanksgivings be offered to God for all men; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life, in entire godliness and proper conduct." 1 Timothy 2:1-2 TEV

"Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14

"And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace." James 3:18

"You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask." James 4:2


All Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version unless otherwise noted.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Work & Business


"Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king's son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.… For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight." Psalm 72:1-2, 12-14

"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8

"Can I tolerate wicked scales and a bag of dishonest weights? Your wealthy are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, with tongues of deceit in their mouths." Micah 6:11-12

"Pay to all what is due to them—taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due." Romans 13.7

"Remind your people to submit to rulers and authorities, to obey them, to be ready to do every good thing." Titus 3:1, TEV


All Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version unless otherwise noted.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.