"For our conversation ( citizenship) is in Heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ." Philippians 3:19 The Christian has a dual citizenship: an earthly citizenship and a Heavenly citizenship.
The son of missionaries, I was born in Peru, South America. When my American father died I returned at the age of four with my mother and my younger brother to her home in Canada where we lived for the next seven years. At the age of eleven I moved with my younger brother to "that nation south of the border", The United States of America.
For the next six years I had the privilege of attending a one room Christian school in South Carolina where my Indiana born school teacher, taught me her love and appreciation for America. After sitting under Miss Deardurff for three of those six years and learning of our American heritage and how this nation was founded and established under God, I was proud to be an American.
We Americans are quite an assortment; coming from every nation on the face of the earth basically for one reason, FREEDOM!!! Those who have lived under tyranny in other lands most appreciate that freedom that we Americans so often take for granted. But with that freedom comes responsibility.
In our homes and in our extended family circles, let us celebrate our native traditions, speak our native languages and sing our native songs; but as American citizens we have the responsibility to learn the English language, to learn American history, to learn our patriotic songs, to read and study our Constitution and other founding documents, to respect and honor our flag, and to obey the laws of our land so that we may better appreciate the freedom we enjoy in America and defend that freedom from those who would subvert it and take it from us.
As American citizens we have the solemn responsibility and precious blood bought privilege of voting in our elections. Our nation owes us nothing but freedom. Our nation is "We the People!" None of us are entitled to anything but freedom and protection from our enemies; both foreign and domestic. Let's get over this "victim" mentality; this total dependency on the government to supply all our needs from the cradle to the grave. Americans are not victims. The poorest of us are highly favored and privileged to live in this land where anyone with gumption and a degree of health, regardless of his race or nationality, can be successful. Thank God for the privilege of being born or naturalized American citizens.
But as privileged as we are to be American citizens, we are infinitely more privileged to be citizens of Heaven through faith in our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. May God help us, as citizens of Heaven, to be good citizens of the nation in which God has placed us. All those who honor and seek to obey the Bible make the best citizens. We are a blessing and not a burden to our nation.
Thank God for our godly heritage. How can we once more return to the God of our fathers and become a godly nation? II Chronicles 7:14 puts the responsibility on Christians. When Christians repent of their sins and turn back to God, He will hear from Heaven and heal our land. God's blessing on America lies in the hands of God's people. Thank God for the evidences we see that Christians are awakening to their responsibility.