Dual Citizenship


 All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him (Romans 8:14-17, Common English Bible).

There has been quite a lot in the news over the last decade or so about Presidential candidates citizenship status, where they were born and whether or not they could hold the office according to the Constitution.

First it was about President Obama, particularly during the election in his first term, but there have been rumblings of it over his entire time in office. Many people believed he was born in Africa and therefore couldn’t be President because he was not a natural-born citizen.

More recently it was in relationship to Ted Cruz and his run for the White House. In his case, people were arguing that he was born in Canada so he couldn’t be President either.

I knew at the time, with both, the assumptions were wrong. You can be President if you were either born in the United States or one of your parents is a United States citizen. People didn’t believe me. So, for this post I went and found some documentation. According to Harvard Law Review, “The Supreme Court has long recognized that two particularly useful sources in understanding constitutional terms are British common law  and enactments of the First Congress. Both confirm that the original meaning of the phrase “natural born Citizen” includes persons born abroad who are citizens from birth based on the citizenship of a parent.”

No, this is not a political post. That isn’t my intent, not even close. Unlike the argument about the citizenship status of Presidential candidates, there is no argument about my citizenship and that of at least most of my followers.

I have a dual citizenship, and I don’t mean my status as a citizen of the United States. Because I am the child of earthly parents, I am a citizen of this world. At the same time, however, Paul informs us in Romans 8 above, that we have another parent and therefore, by the interpretations of “citizenship” by the Supreme Court, we can reach the logical assumption that we are also citizens of another land (I use that term very loosely). Paul says, “All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters.” And, “With this Spirit, we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children.”

Here, in a short passage, we see two explanations, that we are God’s children. There are other passages in Scripture that tell us the same. Most of us wouldn’t argue about our earthly parents. We might not see ourselves as a citizen of the world, but we would easily see ourselves as a citizen of a country, and there is a pretty good chance we would see it based on our parents’ citizenship.

Here, Paul is saying we have another parent, God, the Father. And, though we may have been born in this world, by God’s heavenly citizenship, we too are citizens of heaven. So yes, we hold dual citizenship. We are citizens of this world and we are citizens of the world to come.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,

Copyright 2016, James “Keith” Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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