As you may recall from the last two posts, the story “Becoming a Citizen of the Spurs Nation” had a so-called theme which we can similarly use as the subject matter for our blogosphere’s platform. As we will see in upcoming entries, the idea that recurs in this story has features about citizenship in the tangible realm that can be applicable to citizenship in the supernatural domain.
Before we get into the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the parallelisms between tangible and intangible citizenships in differing nations, it is prudent to come to a common understanding of these two terms.
Citizenship A citizen is favored person owing allegiance to a state in which sovereign power is retained by the people and sharing in the political rights of those people. The ‘rights’ of a free citizen implies loyalty to a personal sovereign such as a monarch, king or president. In addition,
● the word citizenship properly refers to a government, administration, or form of a republic or state.
● it can signify a city, the inhabitants of a place or society of persons living under the same rules and laws of the same place or society.
Nations A nation is a stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture. Also,
● a nation is distinct from a people, and is more abstract, and more overtly political than an ethnic group.
● an aggregation of mankind, existing in the form of an organized domain, usually inhabiting a distinct portion of the earth, speaking the same language, using the same customs and possessing historic continuity.
● a cultural-political or religious community that has become conscious of its autonomy, unity, and particular interests.
With these features of both citizenship and nation in mind, readers should be aware of both the identity of platform of our blogosphere and especially learning about “Celestial and Earthly Citizenships”.
The next post will start to get us into the nuts and bolts of Becoming Citizens in a new domain by focusing on Philippians 3:19.It should be abundantly clear to those who visit this web site that they will be furnished titles and pertinent information about each of my available Christian books. Should they wish, they can order any of them from well-known book stores or the publisher.
It also should be obvious that the platform of the blog feature in the site will also be Christian in scope. This means that the platform for our blogosphere or platform will purposely focus on several Christian related topics which are both informative for fellow bloggers and hopefully have the potential of generating comments, both pro and con.
In our last post entitled 'An Analysis of Blogging'', the term blogosphere was defined as a networking facility in which authors and blog readers can interact by expressing their own opinions on certain issues. Like all blogospheres, each one, including ours, will possess a detailed platform.
So what is the initial and platform of our blogosphere? To begin to answer this question, lets highlight the story mentioned in the last post. As you may recall, an announcement made in a local news-paper was entitled “Become a citizen of the Spurs Nation”. It is easy to see that it really was an analogy of contrasting differing domains of interest. The analogy was intended to entice people to choose citizenry in a new sphere, the Spur Nation.
As we will see in subsequent posts, this short story of attracting persons to choose citizenship in another ‘nation’ will set the tone of our blogosphere's platform. The specifics of the platform will be revealed in the next post.
Stay tuned.Several years ago, I saw a subscription announcement on the front page of a local news-paper. The headline read “Become a citizen of the Spurs Nation”. (The Spurs are a well-known and a predominate basketball team in the NBA) By becoming a so-called ‘citizen’, an individual then has an opportunity to relinquish control of any other demanding interests or having a humdrum life in order to affiliate with a new and more exciting ‘Nation’ of Spurs.
In several ways, this particular advertisement is an invitation for a person to attain the status of a person, as being a legal member of a new and different nation. We can think of a so-called nation as a large body of people, associated with a particular territory or sphere of existence. This line of thought is intended to lead us to understand the meaning of a ‘blogosphere’.
In recent years many users of the internet have treated blogospheres as a gauge of public opinion or as limited spheres such as a devotion to foods, travels, gaming, health, clothing etc. It is not surprising that each blogosphere has a narrowly defined platform that attracts individuals having commonality with a stated platform and with each other. Thus, any given blogosphere implies that blogs exist as a connected community or as a networking provision in which authors and blog readers can publish their opinions.
In the next post, entitled ‘The Platform for our Blogosphere’, I will expand on the subject of a blogosphere as it directly applies to our weblog site. As we begin to understand the nature and details of our soon to be developed platform, it may attract others to become fellow bloggers and ‘citizens’ of a new domain.