Global Citizenship -- By Elizabeth Price

Some people have dual citizenship, that is, they are equally citizens of two different countries at the same time.

They can have passports to each and can claim each country as ‘theirs’ with whatever rights and privileges apply.

They have the right to a sort of limited global citizenship but it is very limited and few countries subscribe to it. In fact, complete citizenship globalization is not on any country’s agenda. Every country imposes limits on who and how many people may enter and live there.

Which shows just how far behind the times we really are because global citizenship was spelt out and promoted two thousand years ago. Comparatively few people have caught the vision and subscribe to the entry requirements.

Let me remind you of them: ‘you are no longer aliens in a foreign land but fellow-citizens with God’s people, members of God’s household.’

If that is true, we have global citizenship rights but we are also heirs to everything there! We inherit the lot. Through the gospel we are sharers of the promises made in Christ and we are ‘heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ.’ The treasure house is open to us!

Even our passport entitlement is spelt out. ‘You are all one person in Christ Jesus’ Galatians 3:28. We are not separate entities, we are a global family from every tribe, nation and clan.

Check the conditions in Ephesians 2:19-22, 3:6, and Romans 8:16,17 so that you know exactly what to expect.

‘Thus you are no longer aliens in a foreign land, but fellow-citizens with God’s people, members of God’s household. You are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the corner-stone. In him the whole building is bonded together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built with all the others into a spiritual dwelling for God.’

‘The Spirit of God affirms to our spirit that we are God’s children; and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ.’ (Revised English Bible)

Then, if you agree, your citizenship is guaranteed. Guaranteed! That is good news, is it not?

Elizabeth Price