Posted by: vwbusguy | April 21, 2009

No dual citizenship

This haunts me:

“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other.Β  You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Luke 16:13)

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44)

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  1. Well scott..I agree with that if u were in the army..or at war with the country. Being a dual citizen myself..it just allows u to travel without a visa..u cannot join any govt. posn unless u stay in that country, buy property and change citizenship..atleast from the rules of india n US..
    As for being grateful to both the countries..thats the same, we may be culturally more indian but the gratefulness n maybe the realization too of what each country has given us is more when u are an immigrant..i used to take the freedom we had back home for granted so also the cultural values..I admire the openness and honesty in people here more than me living there back home..so for me and my kids..this place where we waited for 10 years with legal rules and knowing the basic civics we had to know makes it more valuable for us. So I can accept how you feel but think about u moving to ireland as u said u would like to..and live there..wouldnt u have that kind of affection to both? God forbid if we have to decide if both countries are at war or that kind of patriotic decision is needed..then yes we have to choose to live there..but as of now, not much difference between a dual citizen or normal besides ease in travel atleast for us.its costly to keep getting visa and process is long..not easy for kids either. What i hate is people getting free citizenship..when we have struggled to get it so long..like the illegal immigrants who have a child..thats not too hard to have a child delivered here..so that bugs me..esp when we had to go thru so much scrutiny.
    Can understand how u feel..and u have the right to say that..clarifying how i felt when i read ur post.
    Well i still miss u at work πŸ™‚ dork..(well learned that word here too :))
    Radhika

    • Radhika, I miss working with you. I have no problem with actual dual citizenship. Thinking about it in terms that you cannot serve both God and money – you cannot live both a life devoted to wealth and also to the kingdom of God, which gives me a lot to think about in introspection.

  2. πŸ™‚ Scottt πŸ™‚ its quiet here too today..no don either πŸ™‚ he is becoming more n more a Rush L fan..sounding like his successor..

    As for comparing God n money..now u got me confused..i thot u disliked the concept of dual citizenship..are u comparing life with dual citizenship..damn it scott..u r confusing me.

    well if u r thinking about picking between serving God n money..here is what i have heard from my dad n elders..u don’t have to give up wealth..to have a relationship with God.. and your life is not devoted to wealth..its just a medium to fulfill your duties to ur family as long as you are satisfied with what you have and accept whatever God is giving your way..this includes disappointments and new opportunities in life, we just accept both gracefully and still thank God for what He has given as long as we don’t get too crazy about it and live life with a conscience with the awareness of each act that you do..i think you are still serving God..
    if you are true to your own conscience..)I may be wrong..and I don’t like to claim I am right) somewhere you will find peace within you when you do/think/reach a decision with the right thing.

    You may feel you are helping yourself and serving God, if u help the unfortunate or people who really need help/stranger/even Don πŸ™‚ too..it need not be money wise..it can be a kind word or a smile too..

    You think so much of all this..and still don’t lose any time teasing Don?? πŸ™‚ or is this called growing up? Ah..just remembered..Don teaches little kids too and is active at church..ask him πŸ™‚ hehe..

    Not sure if i understood what u meant this time..if i didn’t forget it..scrap it..just say bye n ask ur pastor πŸ™‚

    byeeee.. hope u have a nice day.
    Radhika

  3. http://www.scripturessay.com/article.php?cat=&id=580

    Ok scott see if this link helps..skip all my comments.. πŸ™‚ damn i had to read what the hell u were saying..
    well sorry for the curses πŸ™‚
    bye
    Radhika

    • And again I was reading last night:

      ” As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

      And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.'”

      And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.”

      Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.

      And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!”
      The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

      They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?”

      Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

      Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.”

      Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.” (Mark 10:17-31)


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