Christians are people who have been born twice. They experienced a natural birth first, and then a spiritual birth or a rebirth later, the moment they accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour (became born again). From the natural birth to human parents, Christians automatically become citizens of the countries where they were born or where their parents came from, or both. The new/spiritual birth experienced at salvation, on the other hand, confers on Christians a heavenly citizenship, since we’re now children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Thus, every Christian is a dual citizen, of both heaven and earth.
Galatians 3:26 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:29 And if you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (AKJV).
1 Peter 1:18 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1 Peter 1:20 Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and stays for ever (AKJV).
Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Philippians 3:21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body (NIV).
With the issue of dual citizenship comes the question of loyalty and allegiance. Christians are expected to be good citizens of their earthly countries of origin (or domicile), by being obedient to the laws of the land and by contributing positively to national development. On the other hand, by being citizens of heaven, we’re expected to set our affections on heavenly things, and to earnestly desire the coming of our Lord and Saviour and the establishment of his kingdom on earth. Because our loyalty cannot be equally divided, the question of which of our countries deserves a higher level of allegiance and loyalty arises logically. If what Caesar (our earthly countries) demands from us is not at variance with God’s demands, we should gladly give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, while giving to God the things that are God’s. When there’s a conflict of interest between our earthly and heavenly countries, where should we place our loyalty? When our political leaders on earth make laws that are contrary to the laws of heaven, what should be our response? The Scriptures make it abundantly clear that as Christians, our loyalty should, first and foremost, be to God and to our heavenly country. We are taught in the Scriptures that here on earth, we are actually on a pilgrimage. We’re pilgrims and strangers on earth, people on transit, as we journey to our eternal heavenly home. In our various countries of birth or domicile, we’re heaven’s ambassadors, expected to project heaven’s values and policies, and point men and women to our God and our heavenly country.
1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,
1 Peter 2:12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
1 Peter 2:13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme,
1 Peter 2:14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
1 Peter 2:15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—
1 Peter 2:16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
1 Peter 2:17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king (NKJV).
Colossians 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory (NKJV).
St. Matthew 22:15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.
St. Matthew 22:16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are.
St. Matthew 22:17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”
St. Matthew 22:18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
St. Matthew 22:19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius,
St. Matthew 22:20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
St. Matthew 22:21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
St. Matthew 22:22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away (NIV).
The Acts 5:25 Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.”
The Acts 5:26 At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.
The Acts 5:27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest.
The Acts 5:28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”
The Acts 5:29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! (NIV).
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
2 Corinthians 5:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God (NIV).
Getting our goals and priorities right is key to living a fulfilled Christian life that will receive acclaim from heaven. Expending our time, energy and life on earth for the wrong cause(s) can have disastrous consequences in the end. As the Lord Jesus told us, only those who lose their lives for his sake and for the sake of his kingdom will find them. Only those who hazard their lives for the sake of the gospel of Christ will receive eternal rewards. As heaven’s ambassadors, we should choose our fights carefully. Any battle that does not defend heaven’s cause or promote the great commission doesn’t glorify God and doesn’t advance his kingdom. It’s not every political fight that Christians should inject themselves into. Our goal is to persuade and win as many men and women of all philosophical and political shades for the Lord. To advance heaven’s goals on earth is our preeminent work as heaven’s ambassadors. It will not profit us anything if we lose focus of our heavenly calling and settle into anointing political leaders or taking part in earthly partisan fights that will generate unnecessary enemies for the church and the Lord, out of the people we’re supposed to win over for heaven. As Christians, we’re neither Republican, Democrat, Socialist or Independent. Christianity is not a political philosophy, but a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Because Jesus Christ is the Truth, Christians are to align with and defend God’s truth, the truth of the gospel. That’s our priority! That’s our number one goal! We’re not called to defend any political philosophy or political party, but the truth of the gospel! We do not need political power to undertake or execute the Great Commission. Neither the Lord nor his disciples relied on political power to fulfill their ministries. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is what we need to fulfill the great commission, not the power to make and enforce laws in the public space, however righteous those laws may be. The Lord and his original apostles readily sacrificed their lives so that the truth of the gospel might continue with us. That’s the only cause worth dying for as Christians. For any ambassador of Christ, living and dying for any other cause not related to the great commission is living and dying for a lie! It’s living and dying in vain! As soldiers of Christ, we should not entangle ourselves with the affairs of this world, so that we may be able to please our Commander-in-Chief (Jesus Christ), who has enlisted us into his Army!
St. Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
St. Matthew 16:25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
St. Matthew 16:26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
St. Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done (NIV).
St. John 18:33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
St. John 18:34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
St. John 18:35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
St. John 18:36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
St. John 18:37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (NIV).
St. Luke 24:44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
St. Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
St. Luke 24:46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,
St. Luke 24:47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
St. Luke 24:48 You are witnesses of these things.
St. Luke 24:49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (NIV).
The Acts 1:1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
The Acts 1:2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
The Acts 1:3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
The Acts 1:4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
The Acts 1:5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
The Acts 1:6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
The Acts 1:7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
The Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV).
1 Corinthians 2:1 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
1 Corinthians 2:2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.
1 Corinthians 2:4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,
1 Corinthians 2:5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power (NIV).
1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel —not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (NIV).
2 Timothy 2:1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
2 Timothy 2:3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.
2 Timothy 2:5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.
2 Timothy 2:6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.
2 Timothy 2:7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
2 Timothy 2:8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,
2 Timothy 2:9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.
2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
2 Timothy 2:11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;
2 Timothy 2:12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;
2 Timothy 2:13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
2 Timothy 2:14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen (NIV).
To dedicate our lives as Christians to building political systems on earth is to miss the great commission and be blind to the fate awaiting all political systems on earth: ultimate destruction by God’s fiery judgement! To think that by voting in politicians who promise to make and enforce Christian laws in the public space is the way to win souls for Christ is to be greatly deluded as to the power of the law to save souls. The law could not make men righteous in the old testament, and it cannot make them righteous in the new. If all the countries in the world make the ten commandments obligatory laws for all men and women, it will still not accomplish the great commission! Sin is in the heart of every human being, and no amount of laws can cure that and deliver men from its vile grip. No amount of righteous regulations can deliver men and women from the powers of darkness and translate them into the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ! Israel in the old testament had God’s commandments as its constitution, yet the nation still ended up idolatrous, wicked and vile, like its neighbours that had no laws of God. Having the commandments of God as a nation’s constitution will not save the souls of men and women. Only the gospel preached in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit will deliver people from the bondage of sin and make them sons and daughters of the living God. So, instead of wasting our energies and resources in campaigning for politicians who promise to make the Bible our constitution, let’s go back to fulfilling the great commission! Let’s get back to the apostolic way of saving men and women from the wrath to come! No political party in power will save our nations, because God’s judgement has been decreed on all nations and all kingdoms of men, which have to be destroyed first before the kingdom of God will be established on earth. We’re not called to save the nations of the world, but we’re rather called and commissioned to save as many men and women as we can, from all the doomed nations that are headed for destruction. One of the greatest evangelists in the modern era, D.L. Moody, summed up the Christian’s commission so succinctly: “I look upon this world as a wrecked vessel. God has given me a lifeboat and said, ‘Moody, save all you can'”.
2 Peter 3:1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.
2 Peter 3:2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
2 Peter 3:3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
2 Peter 3:4 They will say, “Where is this ’coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
2 Peter 3:5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
2 Peter 3:6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
2 Peter 3:7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
2 Peter 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
2 Peter 3:11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
2 Peter 3:12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.
2 Peter 3:13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
2 Peter 3:14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him (NIV).
Galatians 2:16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified (NIV).
Hebrews 7:18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless
Hebrews 7:19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God (NIV).
The Acts 2:37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
The Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Acts 2:39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off —for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
The Acts 2:40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
The Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day (NIV).
St. Mark 16:14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
St. Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
St. Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
St. Mark 16:17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
St. Mark 16:18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
St. Mark 16:19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.
St. Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it (NIV).
1 Corinthians 9:19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
1 Corinthians 9:20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.
1 Corinthians 9:21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.
1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.
1 Corinthians 9:23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings (NIV).
Romans 1:14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.
Romans 1:15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Romans 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed —a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (NIV).
In conclusion, the Christian is a citizen of two countries, heaven and earth, with the heavenly country being his eternal home and final destination. Here on earth, the Christian is actually a pilgrim and heaven’s ambassador. We’re called to represent heaven on earth, to project heaven’s values and woo men and women from all countries and from all philosophies to become Christ’s disciples. Christians are not called to build political empires for Christ on earth right now, but to recruit men and women from all nations to become citizens of heaven and of Christ’s future earthly kingdom. To achieve this great commission, we are not to rely on political power of the state, but on the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot get men to become born again through force, intimidation, legislation of righteous laws or by aligning with politicians to enforce the practice of Christian values in the public space. All these are a leaning on the powers of the flesh to do the work of the Spirit. Making the ten commandments the constitution of a country will not save people, for no man can be saved by the law. Israel had God’s laws as its constitution in the old testament, and the nation still plunged full steam into idolatory and was cut off by God. The law couldn’t save men in the old testament, and it can’t save men in the new. Only the gospel preached with the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit can convict and convert the soul and bring about the new birth experience. Christians should therefore stop trying to build Christian nations out of their countries (it’s simply impossible!) through control of political power, but should seek to make Christians out of as many men and women as we can reach, and make them citizens of heaven. The world we’re in right now is a wrecked vessel that cannot be saved, as it’s headed for destruction, but we can save as many men and women as possible from this wrecked vessel, by focusing squarely on the great commission. That’s the only way to expand God’s kingdom and hasten the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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