Immigration has been a hot topic in the news lately. You can take a practice citizenship test to see how well prepared you are. I did pretty well, but I have a feeling if I hadn’t gone to law school I would have gotten about 50% correct.
The whole idea of a citizenship test got got me thinking – I sure am glad there’s no test to get in to the Kingdom of God. Now we could probably debate for hours about whether or not we have to verbally accept Jesus Christ in order to enter the Kingdom of God, but in the end I bet we’ll agree that the Kingdom of God, unlike the United States, is open to all. Can you imagine if we actually had to pass a test? Here are some of the questions we might have to answer:
How many books of the Bible are there?
What are the names of all twelve disciples?
What’s the family lineage of Jesus?
Name the ten commandments – in order.
How old was Mary when she had Jesus?
What year was Jesus crucified?
I shudder to think how many people would miss the mark (myself included!) It certainly puts a new perspective on how awesome God’s grace is. God’s love has no borders. God doesn’t put a wall up to keep people out!
Now I know there are valid reasons for limiting citizenship – but how might the world be different if we treated people the way God does? What would limitless love actually look like in the midst of this great immigration debate?