What does citizenship mean to you?

January 24, 2007 at 6:39 pm (God thoughts, Politics thoughts)

Citizenship ought to be cherished, but for some reason Americans (myself included) have lost sight of how precious and valuable it is. Ironically this bizarre bit of news out of Canada shows how our neighbors up north seem to get this concept.

Imagine one day you go to get a passport and the clerk tells you, “sorry we can’t give you a passport because evidently you aren’t a citizen of this country”.

How would you feel?

What would be your response?

Whatever the reason (and I would first take aim at the tolerance of illegal immigration and then the corruption and liberalization of the public education system), Americans seem to be valuing their citizenship less and less.

Even more frightening than this truth is the reality that “American” Christians are just as likely to take that same apathetic and casual attitude with them into their faith.

The apostle Paul ought to be the model for us in valuing both natural citizenship (Acts 22:22-30), and spiritual citizenship (Phillipians 3:20).

Live like a citizen of the United States of America and a citizen of Heaven today.

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7 Comments

  1. George W. Bush said,

    Interesting report….

    I am now considering an amendment in the United States Citizenship Law similar to what the Canadians had done. We may be revoking American citizenship to all movie-goers who went to see “An Inconvenient Truth” or if that can’t pass, maybe “Gigli”. It’s up in the air right now, I’ll keep you posted.

    -George W. Bush
    President of The United States of America

  2. Peter Parker said,

    My Aunt May always used to tell me, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

    I think that is applicable here.

  3. Matt S said,

    Blame it on the liberal, left-wing media outlets that have devalued what it means to be an American. I for one am a proud American. Though I do not agree, obviously, with the direction our country is heading in a lot of areas, I am still proud because of the beliefs this country was founded upon. There are so many luxuries we take for granted, maybe everyone should be mandated to spend a few months of their lives in country other than America just to gain some perspective. I value my citizenship to the greatest country on earth.

  4. Albino Hayford said,

  5. Taylor Howell said,

    To me citizenship means that you are A member of our country.

  6. danielbalc said,

    I’m guessing some kids got a homework assignment titled “what does it mean to be an united states citizen” since the search engine has sent 6 people to my site. Can you confirm this Taylor? What grade are you in?

    Remember when you had to go to the library to do research for homework?

    “The times they are a changing”

    cut and paste

  7. RubeRad said,

    Deep in the ancient history of my blog, there is an Allegory about citizenship.

    I think citizenship should be harder to obtain. Like infant baptism, minor dependents should have the benefits of citizenship until they reach 18, at which point they should have to provide a “credible confession of civic responsibility”, before they can continue to receive the benefits of citizenship. I.e. they would go through the same process as naturalization.

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