Culture Shock Chronicles

Journal Entry #39 – Citizenship. In Paraguay, there is one thing that is of the utmost importance, it is called a “Cedula.” It is important because without it, it is very difficult to get through the random police checks, open a simple bank account, sign a legal document, or remain in the country without having to leave every 90 days. The Cedula is the Paraguayan citizenship card. Foreigners can acquire a “resident” version, but it takes a very long time, involves a difficult process, and it requires a substantial amount of money. Being exposed to this as a foreigner in this country, I believe I now have a much better understanding as to what Paul was referring to in Philippians 3:20. As a Jewish descendant, Paul had unique citizenship in the Roman empire (cf Acts 22:22-29), but he valued his citizenship in heaven much more.

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