A Contrast of Citizenships

I began to notice the subtle shift in my thinking about teaching U.S. Citizenship classes last year during the election. It really hit full force this week and it is a HUGE contrast to how I feel about sharing about Jesus and citizenship in heaven.

I have helped and taught refugees and immigrants for over 20 years. I have been to many U.S. Citizenship ceremonies and watched as my friends/students proudly became citizens of their new country. Those were such special moments for me.

But as we went through last year with all of the looting and burning down of cities, an election that I am still not sure of, and what transpired this week in Washington D.C., I noticed it yesterday as I taught Citizenship test prep classes.

I no longer believe in what I am teaching. I have lost that pride of being an American. I was only going through the motions of teaching but my heart was not in it. Corruption is rampant on both sides of the political aisle.

BUT

I most certainly believe in Jesus and the eternal citizenship in his kingdom that he offers freely to anyone who will believe in him. Jesus is not and never will be corrupt. In Jesus there is no darkness at all.

I am not certain if I will continue teaching U.S. Citizenship classes.

I most definitely will continue to share about Jesus and the heavenly citizenship he offers freely. His kingdom is not of this world but one day his kingdom will be fully realized on earth when he returns.

Until then I am called to be his ambassador, to represent him, in a world so full of turmoil.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

18 thoughts on “A Contrast of Citizenships

  1. I hope you don’t stop teaching the classes. I voted in Georgia by absentee ballot, and part of the reason was that as an African American with health issues, I was afraid of the virus. Many other blacks used absentee ballots because the polls near them were closed and voting in person became onerous, which it is not meant to be.

    I hope you will not lose heart to the point that you can’t help potential new citizens understand what America is meant to be, the values and beliefs of the founding documents, because it is so needed. Also, please don’t lose your faith in America, because I know that we are better today than in the past. I have lived through not being able to eat in downtown stores to living in a community that is so diverse, something that in the 1950s and 1960s you couldn’t have told me would ever happen. I believe that America will be fine, because I know that God and Jesus Christ are bigger than hate and that the darkness will never extinguish the Light from Heaven!

  2. What you say makes much sense. The Lord’s kingdom should always be our only unconditional loyalty. It is a complicated issue as to how Christians should approach loyalty to the nation of our sojourn, and there are many facets to the issue. I pray you will be granted wisdom.

  3. Your voice is so impactful and America needs more people who are like you that wholeheartedly love the Lord. If you stop who will fill the void there? God call us to love the hard places and be in the hard places. I love your messages and know I have been greatly influenced to pursue Jesus more! Just wanted to share that.

  4. Amen!!! As with all questionable things we must look beyond this earthly life but maybe God has placed you there to simply be His light and love…focusing in a round about way more on Him than the subject you’re teaching.

  5. As an immigrant I totally respect your calling. I hope you continue and find strength and renewed purpose again. I came here in 2007 on a green card and I wish I had a teacher who is Christian to show me the ropes! You are valued in the kingdom of God! πŸ’–

  6. Brother Matt …..I hope you don’t stop teaching those classes. You are a ray of light….hope in darkness. You are an excellent teacher and mentor and although it’s been quite the year, I know you’ll miss it if you decided to quit. You’ll find meaning in it all again….im pretty certain of that…..and tha k you for your constant guidance on acquiring citizenship in heaven….
    Lots of love…..Rue

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  7. I find my own thoughts echoing the cries of your blogging friends. I’m sure you are an excellent teacher of the values of God’s Kingdom and also what true American and all human ideals should be. We need lights in the darkness all the more. But I know you will listen to the call of God over your life and follow His voice. Blessings to you.

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