September 25th, 2013 | Hannah Beers
There’s something so incredible about the idea of citizenship. Whether it be our citizenship as part of Christ’s body or of the great country we call home, belonging as a part of something bigger than ourselves is unlike anything else.
Last week at Evangel University, we celebrated our annual Christian Citizenship Week. The week was full of special events, speakers and opportunities to register to vote. There are events for students and faculty alike, giving unique perspectives on the idea of citizenship. We were honored to have John Ashcroft, former attorney general of the United States with us in Chapel on Tuesday. Javier Rodriguez, student body president, gave an excellent word on Thursday. A hilarious game of Citizenship Jeopardy gave the cafeteria a few laughs on Monday evening. The week was a success.
However, Monday has come and gone, and we are back to the normal lives of students. I woke up this morning, went to class, grabbed some lunch and stayed comfortably inside my own world.
While trying to decide what exactly I was trying to say to each of you reading this blog, it hit me. Do we live our lives expecting to receive the benefits of citizenship without doing our part? Do we complain about student loan rates or the standard of living while sitting in our bubble and worrying only about ourselves?
I am so unbelievably honored to be a part of a school that encourages us to break out of that mindset. Yet, how many students don’t realize their part? Whether we’re talking about our citizenship at Evangel University, the United States or our eternity in Christ’s Kingdom, we have no right to claim to be part of it without giving our service.
I owe it to my college to give input, time and service to making each experience even better. I owe it to this great country to vote, to be concerned, and to stay informed on the latest happenings. I owe it to my God to proclaim His message, share His vision, and give His love.
Citizenship is not one thing. It is not a yearly trip to the polls or a donation for a cause. It is not a prayer at the altar. Citizenship is so much deeper. Citizenship must be your heart; your desire to see each moment of this precious life and lives around you improve.
Exercise your rights. Improve your service. Be passionate about citizenship.
Want more? See pictures of John Ashcroft’s visit on Facebook.