Both king and culture make commands,
That citizens obey their rules.
To disobey: the king will damn,
And culture will call you a fool.
And were not both ordained of God?
Then live in king and culture both.
So live at peace with in their laws,
And never needless rock the boat.
Remembering through all of this,
You have another King to serve,
And you’ve a culture that is His,
And always this you must preserve.
You are no slave of worldly ways.
When they negate the gospel’s truth,
Then you must stand, strong and unfazed,
And trust that God will work through you.
For customs curtsey to great kings,
And we are citizens through Him.
So He may call us not to sing,
When culture plays its market-hymn.
Yet never lightly does He call,
And never lightly should we act,
Though kings will boil you in gall,
And by the culture you are sacked.
We have no promise of our ease,
But we will suffer for His sake.
Though never marked in history,
As heroes, or as martyrs great.
But when He calls you to subvert,
Remember this through suffering:
That He has suffered for you first.
Obedience will praise the King.
Do not neglect the word of Christ,
For angels pale before Him.
You must not dare ignore Him,
Or you will drift from what is right.
For He was ever faithful,
Confirmed by men and angels,
In all the ancient words He wrote.
His law was greatly cherished,
No prophecy has perished,
But all accomplished as He spoke.
Accountable as traitors,
Were all of the law breakers,
And all of them the Lord has broke.
And faithful He’s remaining,
His message still maintaining,
The implications none can sway.
For He now speaks in Jesus,
Apostles also teach us,
In signs and wonders well displayed.
Oh! heed Him – I implore this!
You’re damned if you ignore this!
But seize this and you will be saved.
You do not choose what you were called to do.
The one who calls, the King, commands to you.
He issued orders, and you must obey,
No matter what excuses you may say.
But you are called to share the Gospel news,
If you the Holy Spirit has infused,
For God has named us witness to His word,
So we must preach the message we have heard.
Then trust in Him, for He empowers you,
To do His work and preach that precious news.
God works through weakness just as you or me,
To summon son into eternity.