The gospel of the kingdom

Citizenship requires us to reflect upon who we are? and how we identify ourselves with the nation we belong to.


Frederick Tobun

With the invention of the Internet, the information age was kicked into hyperdrive. Within a very short period of time, the world became a much smaller place. Advances in technology have replaced traditional forms of communications by providing limitless ways of connecting and collaborating across the globe. As a result of new businesses, markets and economies have emerged redefining the geographical boundaries of countries.

What has been the impact?

In spite of our technological advances, the children of this age have grown-up in the boiling pot of geopolitics. The policies of globalism have affected our families, institutions, governments, and economies overflowing onto our streets as crime, terrorism and war. There isn't a quick fix or magic bullet to address issues which spring from decades of spiritual, moral, ethical, cultural, legal, governmental and environmental poverty.

So why is citizenship so important?

When national sovereignty is at the top of the political agenda, citizenship points to the very heart of the matter. It forces us to look in the mirror and ask ourselves who we are? and how we identify ourselves with the nation as a whole?

As the quality of citizenship erodes in society we are compelled by our faith to respond by rising up and demonstrating what it means to be citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. However in order to do this we must first discover and embrace kingdom citizenship.

Citizenship requires us to reflect upon who we are? and how we identify ourselves with the nation we belong to.


Frederick Tobun

With the invention of the Internet, the information age was kicked into hyperdrive. Within a very short period of time, the world became a much smaller place. Advances in technology have replaced traditional forms of communications by providing limitless ways of connecting and collaborating across the globe. As a result of new businesses, markets and economies have emerged redefining the geographical boundaries of countries.

What has been the impact?

In spite of our technological advances, the children of this age have grown-up in the boiling pot of geopolitics. The policies of globalism have affected our families, institutions, governments, and economies overflowing onto our streets as crime, terrorism and war. There isn't a quick fix or magic bullet to address issues which spring from decades of spiritual, moral, ethical, cultural, legal, governmental and environmental poverty.

So why is citizenship so important?

When national sovereignty is at the top of the political agenda, citizenship points to the very heart of the matter. It forces us to look in the mirror and ask ourselves who we are? and how we identify ourselves with the nation as a whole?

As the quality of citizenship erodes in society we are compelled by our faith to respond by rising up and demonstrating what it means to be citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. However in order to do this we must first discover and embrace kingdom citizenship.

Defining Citizenship

To understand citizenship we have to define what constitutes a kingdom in which a citizen belongs to.

The dictionary defines a kingdom as a state or government having a king or queen as its head. The word kingdom is made up of two words “King” & “Domain” or “The King’s domain”.

Hence a kingdom is defined as a territory governed, influenced and subject to the overriding will of an authority.

To help Christians define what a kingdom consists of we have developed a powerful conceptual model called the five themes of citizenship.

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Kingdom Authority

An individual who personifies and governs through particular characteristics and attributes.



Jokae

Authorities play a significant role and impact us in many different ways. Whilst the titles of those in authority may vary the offices held remain consistent spanning across family, community, and governmental spheres.

In a society, all offices of authority are subject to and are heavily influenced by the position and personality of one person, whether it be a king, queen, president, prime minister, military general, dictator or revolutionary.

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Kingdom Law

The law is the definable will of an authority legislated and enforced within a domain.



Esther

Laws are an expression of an authority's will, personality, and sovereignty. Without law, governments cannot function. Law exists primarily to uphold a citizens life, liberty, and property. When citizens obey the law they reflect the will of the authority.

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Kingdom Government

Government is the specific form of administration through which laws are administered.



Ade

Government exists to manage society, provide security and maintain order. Early societies were small and self-sufficient, but as communities grew larger and more complex, structures to manage that complexity began to form. The first small-city states appeared about 5,000 years ago. Since then, numerous types of governments have appeared.

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Kingdom Citizenship

Citizenship is a status which connects the individual with the state or nation they belong to granting both responsibilities and privileges.


Elizabeth

Citizenship is the link between a person and a state or an association of states.

Many thinkers point to the concept of citizenship beginning in the early city-states of ancient Greece, although others see it as primarily a modern phenomenon dating back only a few hundred years and, for mankind, that the concept of citizenship arose with the first laws.

Citizenship is the state of being vested with:

  • Rights
  • Privileges
  • Duties

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Kingdom Culture

Culture is the expression of civilization from a specific sphere impacted by authority, law, and government.


Pelumi

Culture can be defined as the sum total range of activities and ideas of a group of people with shared traditions, inherited beliefs, values, and knowledge which are transmitted and reinforced by members of the group.

When the concept first emerged in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, it connoted a process of cultivation or improvement, as in agriculture or horticulture.

In the nineteenth century, it came to refer first to the betterment or refinement of the individual, especially through education, and then to the fulfillment of national aspirations or ideals.

Culture, civilization, and class

Civilisation could be termed as the peak in which a specific culture reaches in the process of a nation's history within the world. The word civilization comes from the Latin civilis, meaning civil, related to the Latin civis, meaning citizen, and civitas, meaning city or city-state.

A Class is defined as a group of people sharing the same social, economic, or occupational status. The term class usually implies a social and economic hierarchy, in which those of higher class standing have greater status, privilege, prestige, and authority. The term "class" is derived from the Latin classis, which originally was used by census takers to categorize citizens by wealth, in order to determine military service obligations.

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