The big buzz since the election of our current president has been “the wall”. President Trump’s campaign promise involved building a 1,954-mile wall to keep immigrants from illegally entering the country, because “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.”
To enter the United States legally, an individual needs a Visa, which has an expiration date of 90 days. To stay legally, he needs a Green Card, which is very difficult to obtain and can take years. He must have a sponsor, a family member, or an employer who specifically needs this individual to fill the job. If said individual desires to become a US citizen five years after obtaining a Green Card, he must go through another process, paying the fees, passing the test. As a naturalized citizen, he now owes allegiance to the US government and is entitled to protection from it. This individual has passed many hurdles to become a citizen of the “Land of the Free”. But it’s not free, and it’s unobtainable for many.
Fortunately for many of us, we are natives of the US, born in a country with many rights and privileges not afforded to citizens in other nations. Even more fortunate, for everyone, born anywhere, is the opportunity to become a citizen of heaven. We are citizens of a country by birth, and citizens of heaven by rebirth.
You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:19-20