God ~IN~ Country: Part 8 – Christian Dual Citizenship

As Christians, our dual citizenship in the Kingdom and our nation involve dual obligations and loyalties.

Consider this “definition” of dual citizenship found on the U.S. Immigration website: Dual citizenship means that an individual is a citizen of two countries at the same time…Dual citizenship is not something that can be applied for. It is a process that happens when a person becomes a citizen of another country, in addition to his or her country of birth. Dual citizenship occurs automatically for some individuals. 

Citizenship is a publicly recognized legal status that authorizes someone to be a citizen—that is, a full and functioning member of a civitas, a social and political community, along with the rights and duties that come along with it. Unlike someone who is merely a subject in a kingdom, a citizen participates in the community to help maintain civic order.

If you put your faith in Christ the Bible tells us that “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). However Jesus, before going to the cross, prayed for his disciples and for us because he knew that we “are still in the world” (John 17:11).  The dual citizenship we have often leaves us struggling.  We want to honor our heavenly citizenship, but we also want to enjoy the worldly benefits of our “natural” citizenship. Don’t check out of the world.  Remember that you are in Christ AND in America.

As such, we should be among the foremost champions of freedom of speech and of religion for all. Even Muslims, Hindu’s, and Buddha’s, amongst others, should want Christians involved in politics. Christian citizens benefit American society as a while because Christians understand that they must respect the right of other Americans to believe differently—or not believe at all—even as they earnestly contend to communicate their faith.

Christians must understand the fundamental reality that creating a tolerant and fair playing field for Christians means creating one for everyone. This means we should practice our faith with certain degrees of caution while also being bold. Coerced faith is no faith at all.

As briefly highlighted earlier, our Declaration is filled predominantly with references to God and/or filled with sermon messages. Therefore, the argument that our nation was not founded based upon Judeo Christian values is a lie, people just want to ignore the truth because it does not fit their definition of morality and behavior. It is the first sentence of the second paragraph that lays out the statement that we “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights”.

Our elected officials derive their power from the consent of the governed; our Congressmen and Women are NOT our boss, even if they say they are. The Declaration is then filled with 27 grievances against the monarchy, which violate our rights ordained from God. All of these “rights and grievances” are derived from sermons as written and preached from Reverend John Wise of Massachusetts some 80-90 years before the Declaration was written.

Finally, the first sentence of the last paragraph concludes by “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world”. The last sentence of the last paragraph declares “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence”.  It is adamantly clear that our Founding Fathers placed a heavy reliance on God to guide the future of our nation. So, does any of this matter today?

The Declaration is our National Philosophy which, in turn, guides the principles and morals covered in our US Constitution, so, yes, it matters. If we neglect or rule out the providence that is the basis of our Constitution, then how can we sustain and maintain our constitutional freedoms. Our forefathers were also concerned about this and wrote numerous letters of warning and concern about this, but that is unfortunately for another time.

A Christian does not participate or engage in civil affairs just to serve his own interests. His purposes are to glorify God in his works, to promote conditions in which the Gospel may be preached freely, and to serve the best interests of his neighbors by seeking justice for all, by protecting the rights of individuals, and by hindering evil.

Christians must always guide their conduct by God’s law. Even when the standards of society crumble, Christians have a firm foundation to build on. No matter how much man’s decisions and decrees undermine moral foundations, this truth remains “God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Tim 2:19).