For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:20-21)
The Real Citizenship
Every four years, the nation is thrown into a political meat grinder with candidates vying for the office of President and all the levels of government down to the city level. The only people who win in this process are the sign makers and advertisers. It is a good system flawed by the greed, prejudice, hatred and jealous hearts of power hungry men and women carving a place in history for their name. There are many who toss their hats into the ring of politics that are honest and hard-working citizens who believe deeply in the good cause of American politics. Communities begin to divide up against the liberal left or the conservative right with other splinter groups edging their agendas on the minds of the people. It becomes a furious year of the political circus that has made our nation one of the best in the world.
At the core of the election process are the people who pull the lever to select their candidate. The democratic process began with the idea that ordinary citizens can choose whom they desire to lead them. National pride comes from the freedom to vote and be a citizen of this great country. While there are detractors who disrespect their privilege, most have a sense of pride to be a citizen of the ‘red-white-and blue’ honoring their country for the sacrifices given to make it all possible. Citizenship is important. It has a deep meaning.
Sadly, this citizenship erodes daily because of the moral climate that is shifting the hearts of the country. Society is filled with immorality, hatred, murder, injustice and denial of basic rights. As with all things man-made, the country is imploding from the inward decay of sin. No nation will remain for long who does not serve the one true God. A day will come when the United States of America will no longer be a powerful nation. Fractured by the divisive sting of sin this nation will collapse into a moral wasteland barely recognizable for the glory it once had. History proves the downfall of every nation. There is only one nation that is two thousand years old that will never fall.
The citizenship we have as children of God is built upon the foundation that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and on that rock, the kingdom of God is built. From the day of Pentecost when the gospel of peace was first preached, the kingdom of the Lord has reigned supreme. The greatest citizenship is that which is in heaven. Our Lord reigns in Heaven. The Father of all the saved dwells in heaven. There is no greater power, no greater authority and no greater love. If the people of God would take their fervor of political concern and put it in the place of the gospel of Christ, the world would be turned upside down. We serve a king that reigns at the right hand of God. He is King of Kings and He is Lord of Lords. My allegiance is to the citizenship of heaven.
Living in this world is living in a foreign land. Our home is not here but in heaven. There should be a longing and a deep desire to go to our country, be with our King, and serve Him without all the trappings of sin in this world. The heart should be filled with a daily desire for His return so that we can enjoy the blessings of the eternal transformation. We are not Americans who live like a Christian. We are Christian’s living in America who long to go to our eternal home where are true citizenship belongs. The greatest joy we will ever have is when we die and see our Lord. Then we will know we are home. Our real home. Lord. Come quickly.
We Christians forget so easily that we are not citizens of earth en route to heaven but citizens of heaven temporarily residing on earth. (Vance Havner; 1901-1986)