On Friday 20th June, 2014, I was proclaimed a citizen of the United States of America at 12H10 at the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in Saint Louis, Missouri. The ceremony was overseen by the Honourable Kathy A. Surratt-States.
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
After I was sworn in, having pledged my allegiance to the United States of America alone, and foreswearing all allegiance to my own country of birth, Judge Suratt-States told us that our citizenship was irrevocable -- and that nobody could take it from us.
This means that President Barrack Hussein Obama is, to all intents and purposes, now my federal head, as I have made a solemn covenant with the United States of America, it's Constitution and its people.
However, I can be nothing to this, my new country and its people, if I did not acknowledge who I am and what I stand for in God my Saviour. The Lord Jesus Christ made a covenant with me before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-6). By His sovereign decree, He set His love on me, and by His foreknowledge, He predestined me to be called into His kingdom at a moment in time, which He alone determined. This day came one day in March, 1987.
Because of His sovereign covenant, made with me in eternity, my true Federal Head is the Lord Jesus Christ, who purchased my citizenship in His kingdom with his blood when he was crucified and slain on a cross, according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). He was buried and was raised again for my justification, which is a forensic or legal declaration by Himself that my citizenship in His kingdom and my salvation in Him is irrevocable. He has said so in His word, the Bible, proclaiming: "It is finished" - John 19:30, and: "For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable" - Romans 11:29.
The Bible speaks of my King like this: "...our Lord Jesus Christ:... who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;..." - 1 Timothy 6:15.
Because of these truths, I become the friend of those who are my brothers and sisters in Christ, but to those who hate Him who is the author, perfector and the finisher of our faith, I become the deadliest of enemies. - Galatians 4:16.
When I pledge my allegiance to this country, its people and its flag, I proclaim: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Because I am a citizen who stands under the true God of the Bible, who knows and understands the meaning of true citizenship, I am able to be what I need to be to the people of his country. To those who love her, I am their friend, and to those who hate her, I am the deadliest of enemies.
God bless America!
Soli Deo Gloria!
We Fear Naught But God!
I Do Not Love Thee! ~
Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (1808-1877)
I do not love thee! - no! I do not love thee!
And yet when thou art absent I am sad;
And envy even the bright blue sky above thee,
Whose quiet stars may see thee and be glad.
I do not love thee! - yet, I know not why,
Whate'er thou dost seems still well done, to me:
And often in my solitude I sigh
That those I do love are not more like thee!
I do not love thee! - yet when thou art gone,
I hate the sound (though those who speak be dear)
Which breaks the lingering echo of the tone
Thy voice of music leaves upon my ear.
I do not love thee! - yet thy speaking eyes,
With their deep, bright, and most expressive blue,
Between me and the midnight heaven arise,
Oftener than any eyes I ever knew.
I do not love thee! yet, alas!
Others will scarcely trust my candid heart;
And oft I catch them smiling as they pass,
Because they see me gazing where thou art.