If you weren’t born Canadian, you probably went through an expensive and complicated process to gain citizenship. The rights of citizenship are valued around the world, for with it comes all the benefits of the state. Pride of citizenship motivates a person to appreciate their new country and to live in a way that honours it.
Paul told the Philippian Christians that they possessed citizenship in heaven. (Phil 3:20) The original language means either the state itself, or the rights of belonging to it. Thus some versions of the New Testament use the word “commonwealth.” One version says, “We are a colony of heaven.” (Moffat) No doubt this thought is what the Philippians gathered from Paul’s words. Continue reading