But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
Applications for U.S. citizenship have been about six per cent higher in the past few months than during the 2012 presidential election cycle, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. While that’s not a huge increase, many factors may be contributing to more applications being submitted. President Obama’s executive orders allowing undocumented immigrants to delay deportation are currently under hold due to an ongoing law suit, so many service agencies have begun helping people obtain citizenship as soon as possible. There is also much speculation that the increased interest in citizenship may be due to specific presidential campaign rhetoric, thus influencing some to feel a special need to vote in the upcoming national election. Immigration officials say there is no hard proof of this phenomenon. It is clear, however, that an increasing number of people wish to be citizens of this great country with all of its benefits and privileges, not the least of which is the right to vote for our national leaders.
The Bible says we are citizens of heaven, and we gain that status not with a lengthy application process, but by the simple fact that we choose to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has “the power that enables Him to bring everything under his control” (Philippians 3:21). And this “control” is a loving act by God who has adopted us into His family and made us not only His children but “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). We know that God’s mercy is great because He “testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will” (Hebrews 2:4). God’s “platform” is right there in the Bible for us to read. No high-cost television commercials, no campaign staff, no lavish fundraisers. Just the gospel message that “God sent His only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Choosing a presidential candidate is an important decision every four years. Choosing to serve God and His only Son Jesus Christ is an important decision for eternity.
God of All Nations, walk with those who wish to be citizens of free-world countries and of Your kingdom which has no end. Amen