Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
THE CRITIQUE CIRCLE

BACK TO
CRITIQUE CIRCLE

INSTRUCTIONS
COMPLETE
INSTRUCTIONS HERE

CRITIQUE GUIDELINES

CRITIQUE TIPS

HELP TOUR

It's easy to critique the works of others and get your work critiqued. Just follow the steps below:

1) Post your first piece.

2) You must then critique the work of another member to post another piece yourself.

3) For each critique you give, you earn 1 credit that can be used to post another one of your writings.

4) You can build up credits to be used at another time by giving critiques to others.
Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.





TRUST JESUS TODAY

TRY THE TEST





TITLE: Where's your citizenship?
By dee smith
11/06/11
 SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
 SEND ARTICLE TO A FRIEND

This is written primarily to American Christians, but the principles apply to all nationalities.
I am proud to be an American. I love this country and wouldn’t want to live under the laws of any other nation on Earth. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. My parents are US citizens—so I was born a citizen of the United States. I really didn’t have any choice in the matter. As a citizen I have certain legal rights and freedoms. These are the rights and freedoms given to all citizens of the US—natural and naturalized. We are equal under the law.
When I read my Bible I often found myself sighing deeply as I realized this great nation I love will not last forever. We will not be a super power in the end times—it doesn’t take a Biblical scholar to realize that. We are not part of the old Roman Empire—unless you want to claim our ancestors came from Europe, so we are descendants of the Roman Empire. I am not sure I accept that logic. The Bible may use different names, but the geography does not change. The land North of Israel may be Russia today and Gog of yesterday, but it is still the same land.
As I pondered the fate of America, I can come up with several scenarios to explain it. None of them really matter—my country will go down with or without a fight. Then who will we be? What of our freedoms and rights?
God has the answer to that question. Ephesians 2:19 says “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and are of God’s household” (NASB) When we were born again we were “naturalized” as it were into the Kingdom of Heaven. Most Christians would agree with this. But do we live like it?
I remember as a Captain in the USAF, I visited East Berlin. I was told if detained by an East German officer, I was to demand to speak to a Russian officer as we were part of the occupying forces. Even though it technically was East Germany, I only had to answer to the occupying forces, of which I was one. I remember one East German officer being highly upset with me (I did jay walk). He was yelling at me to stop. I kept on walking knowing there was nothing he could do to me. He eventually stopped yelling and I continued on my way. I have never forgotten that experience. I didn’t have to pay attention to the authority other East Germans submitted to. It wasn’t quite diplomatic immunity, but it was as close as I would ever get. Even though I didn’t technically have to submit I still should have, out of respect if nothing else.
As Americans we can get so caught up in our “God given rights” we lose sight of the God who gave them to us. We get so used to the status quo, of how things are done here in America; we forget that we serve another God. He is the God of the Bible. He is not bound by our cultural desires or laws. As Christians we have pledged allegiance to Him and His causes. He is in control. Yes, countries will fall and persecution will come, but He still reigns and ever will. We need to realize we are here as ambassadors for Christ, our citizenship are in Heaven and one day we will return there. (Currently we are seated with Christ in the heavenlies—so it is a return).
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
YOUR CREDITS

LOGIN HERE




REMINDER:

REMEMBER, this is a Critique Circle. Please try to give a critique to receive a critique. If you do not want to give any critiques, you can use the REGULAR ARTICLE SUBMISSION area. If you are unsure about how to critique, please use the CRITIQUE GUIDELINES and CRITIQUE TIPS.

VIEWING CRITIQUES:

To view your critiques that you receive on any writing, login to your account and click "CRITIQUE CIRCLE MANAGEMENT" to view all of your critiques and edit each piece. Then, click "VIEW CRITIQUES" next to the article title to view critiques on that piece. Comments on all of your writings when using the Critique Circle will not be displayed publicly as regular and writing challenge articles. They can only be viewed by accessing them from your account.