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CLARITY – 7-9-19 Citizenship and the Census


A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-9-19

Citizenship and the Census

What’s Happening: “The Department of Justice announced a new legal team (identified) and a new legal strategy (unidentified) to have another run at getting a citizenship question added on the 2020 Census. Asking a citizenship question, though vehemently protested by Democrats for what they claim will result in gross under-counts of immigrants, is not unprecedented. The 1950 Census had a citizenship question on it ( ‘Q: Are you going to issue an executive order on the census?’A: President Trump: ‘We’re thinking about doing that. It’s one of the ways, we have four or five ways we can do it. It’s one of the ways we’re thinking of doing it.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Aren’t their biblical bans on numbering yourselves?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, and no (Num. 1:49; 1 Chr. 27:23). It really depends on why you’re numbering – do you exult in your own strength or God’s? Citizenship is really another matter as citizenship is a determining factor of benefits – both in America (of course, we call them ‘entitlements’ here) and in the kingdom of God (strict admission guidelines are in place for the latter – Rev. 20:11-15). Being citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20), we have certain rules we play by (it’s called the Word of God). Actually, we sort of have dual citizenship. Not that we accept worldly obligations, but we do recognize there are certain laws as American we have to obey (and that is right – 1 Tim. 2:1-2).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in exclusivity and obligations of citizenship – and the obligations as Americans are subservient to the obligations of citizenship in the kingdom of God. Hopefully we elect leaders who pass laws our obedience to which does not create a conflict for us.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see through the political maze to find that path that honors both of our obligations; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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