Rethinking Citizenship

Perhaps you remember as I do a tradition of immigration to this land. My first ancestors came to these shores in the first waves of migration following the deluge. They ultimately became known as the Penobscot Indians. Then those bearing my surname came here in 1635 Anno Domini. I am the descendant of immigrants.

Here in this land there is no one who can claim to be original. We are all descendants of immigrants to these shores. But I recall hearing about the immigrants that came through Ellis Island.  They wanted to learn English. They wanted to breathe free. They wanted to become Americans and not to make America in the image of the decrepit land they were leaving. 

Now it appears too many immigrants come here with demands.  They demand a handout, a welfare check, free medical care and government housing. They demand to be taught in their own language. They demand special privileges such as affirmative action. They demand ethnic studies that glorify their culture. In fact they even go further. Consider this statement made by Augustin Cebada of the Brown Berets de Aztlán, a paramilitary offshoot of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), delivered during a Fourth of July rally held outside the Federal Building in Westwood, California, in 1996:

"Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die. Even their own ethicists say that they should die; that they have a duty to die. They're taking up too much space, too much air.... Through love of having children, we are going to take over."

That statement was made 18 years ago.

The question of immigration is a very real and very volatile one. As Disciples of Jesus Christ we cannot respond to this question by following whatever might be popular, or considered politically correct, or even where our own desires might lead us, we must follow the commands of God's Word. Jesus taught us in Mark 12:31 "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

Here is the important principle we saw in my last article. Because there is only One True God, there is only One True Law. That Law is therefore universal; it applies to all human's no matter what his condition. So those outside the Covenant are not committed to the legal system of the One True God. Nonetheless, that legal system is just, righteous and true, and therefore it applies to them whether they like it or not. Let us continue from last week's study by turning to Exodus 12:49, which provides: "One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you."

Strangers in the land do not have the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship. Here is where I think we have the hardest time given our indoctrination in the unbiblical ideas of civil government in our day. Basically most American's believe that if you can put a mirror to the nose of an individual over the age of 18 and they can fog the glass, then they should be allowed to vote. But why do we believe that? Just consider what that means today.

As a country we are at that tipping point. More people are taking from the system than producing. That is a sure recipe for disaster. Currently I understand some 47% of American households receive some form of welfare. If those persons are allowed to vote, what will happen? Welfare recipients vote more money for their selves, and you see the plundering of the productive work force take place.

Loving thy neighbor means protecting their God given rights as Exodus 12:49 commands. That means preserving the structure of civil government from all who would pervert the civil government into an agency of legalized plunder, whereby the God given rights of no one would be safe and secure. This means, as we have seen in the commands of Scripture that we restrict citizenship to those who, because they are committed to the Covenant of Disciples of Jesus Christ, are willing to submit themselves to serve in the roles of responsibility in choosing leaders who will preserve God ordained order. Those who will serve as Jurors, committed to do justice in judging the law by the eternal standard of God's Law. Those who will serve when called up as Representatives to serve in civil government to do justice by God's Law, and those who will put themselves in harm's way serving in the Militia – only in just wars as defined by God's Law.

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About David Whitney
Rev. David Whitney has been teaching the Christian heritage and history of our country with Institute on the Constitution for over a decade where he serves as Senior Instructor, and Radio show host on Dr. Stan Monteith’s Radio Liberty. David is an Honors Scholar graduate from Rutgers University with a Masters Degree from Denver Seminary. A minister for 32 years he is currently the Pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church of Pasadena, Maryland. As an member of Clergy, Activist and Radio personality David has appeared in Washington Times, on Voice of America, Fox, ABC, NBC, CSPAN, BBC, and more…
  • lokiswife

    If you have few hours a week,, the free online college class network, has an excellent class on Immigration and Naturalization taught by Polly Price of Emory University. It goes through the whole history on immigration to the US, the procedures for legal emigration to the US and what they must do to become citizens. It explains that the 14th Amendment that is now being used for "anchor babies" was originally done to fix the problem in earlier immigration laws that blacks and Indians were excluded from citizenship. They were born on American soil, but could not become citizens until the 14th was passed. The writers of the 14th didn't have ESP to see how the law would be abused in the future...
    When you learn about the legal process, it is infuriating that our government could allow amnesty and let them go ahead of legal immigrants who have been working toward their citizenship. Legal immigration gives the US the choice of who comes in and becomes a citizen, amnesty just tosses citizenship out to anyone who wants it. All those illegal immigrants should be sent back to their home countries and told to apply for immigration there, the first step in the process.

  • David Zuniga

    Very well done, David. I would only remind you that a word is not pluralized with an apostrophe and the letter 's'; only with the letter 's' by itself (or in some cases, 'es'). No apostrophe! That is used to form contractions, or to denote the possessive case. This has become a pet peeve for me; such clearly bad grammar, yet so often seen today, even in advertising and media that surely had the benefit of proofreaders.
    I listened to your sermon; also very well done. I especially love your proper, constitutional use of the term 'militia', as opposed to the horribly destructive and un-American term "armed forces" or "military" (suggesting paid professionals -- the bane of the founders).

    David, I think for the next century or so if the Lord tarries, Americans will face a political economy not unlike the late stage of the Roman republic. While most biblical *desiderata* can be implemented by degrees, using as clever wording as the heathen have done while stripping us of our civilization, I think it unwise to force a biblical political economy on this population, lest you immediately be marginalized. Christ's kingdom is not of this world; Paul, Barnabas, and the others preached salvation, not Roman politics.
    I'll be the first to agree that we are not Rome under the Caesars. As free citizens and the highest human sovereigns in our system of government, it is shameful to witness the misreading by many (most?) ordained ministers, of 'render unto Caesar' (in our context, that would read, "render to the U.S. Constitution what is the U.S. Constitution's"), and of Romans 13, "be subject unto the higher authorities" (in our context, the highest authority is We The People, who alone are sovereign OVER the Constitution, which is OVER the servant federal government).
    Having said that, seeking a return to theocracy as was the Puritans' political economy, is altogether self-defeating, it seems to me.
    David Zuniga

  • iliad007

    The immigrants that came through Ellis Island, I wonder if it was worth it if you look at the shithole America is today. They had no idea what they were doing to their children, childrens children and childrens childrens children.

    • David Zuniga

      I don't know where you live or in what conditions, but I think your 'sh!*hole' description of America is preposterous. Yes, we have 'suffered' 150 years of D.C. organized crime -- but with very few exceptions (Iceland and a few Scandanavian countries come to mind), that has been the situation in most places on earth, for most of history.
      I live in rural Texas (no labor unions or state income tax)...our home has no mortgage...we have a private water well and sewer system...homeschooled our son and our grandchildren are being homeschooled now...I've worked for myself almost all my life...we don't see even one patrol car per week...I joined an estimated 67 million American non-filers and became a law-abiding Nontaxpayer over 15 years ago (see link below)...we have not had television in our homes over the past 20+ years...we do not attend a big Christian-branded corporate amusement park every Sunday, but are part of a house church group of families.
      Obviously, we have a wonderful life compared to those who live in urban or suburban zones full of sirens, patrol cars, and gang-bangers with booming mortgaged houses...working for the man...paying 30-40% in taxes...sending their children to Pharaoh's conditioning center every day (not sure if they'll be shot, but almost certain they'll be mentally raped)...getting home to blaring televisions in every room pushing sex, noise, and advertising in a solid stream-of-consciousness until bedtime...and going to the Christian amusement center for 90 minutes per week to try to erase it all and start over!
      We are products of the decisions we make, the books we read, the friends we keep, and the courage and sacrifice we exercise. But America is still the greatest place to live on earth, in my estimation. Hundreds of more beautiful places exist, but after anything more than a short visit, one sees their seamier side. God still blesses this place more profoundly than most Americans realize -- until they visit other countries for a protracted time.

  • Dennis Carey

    Where is this fiend Cebada today? I would like an update on this scoundrel . He should be exposed for what he is .

  • Dennis Carey

    Where is Cebada today? I would like an update on this racist fiend . Is he still creating problems with his hate speech? He probaly has a government job that he should not have.

  • WildBorego

    My wife will become a Citizen of this Great Country, she was born and Raised in Cuba and she doesn't Understand how people here can be so LAZY and Expect a HANDOUT. She told me that she would never Move back to Cuba every, there's no way she would go back. Yes she does miss her Family but not enough to Move Back. Here she can Raise my Son and actually Feed him a Real Nutritious Meal, she doesn't have to worry about if there is going to be Electricity today or Running Water. If one of us got sick we could go and get Medical attention right away. She Loves it here. She tells her Family back in Cuba that in this country you have to work otherwise you will stave and live on the street. She tells them that we don't want Lazy Bums in this Country. I Love Her So Much!!

    • Over21

      Well, keep your eyes wide open because we can lose what we have right here in the good ol' United States of America.

      Study up on the corporations that are trying to take over our water supplies partially by coming into our areas and bottling up all the good water and selling it back to you. Search Nestle's if you don't believe any of this. They aren't the only ones though.

      Bottled water is several billion dollars industry.

      I do agree on the point of too many people here living on the dole though. Nothing is ever free and one day, they just might find that out.

  • Smokey

    With borders as porous as ours, what did we expect?