On 19th day of May, the year 2006, I, Juan Zarate, became an official citizen of the United States of America! After 10 months of applications, interviews, and finger-printing, I took the oath to be an American citizen. It was quite an inspirational experience. After living in the U.S. for the past 14 years, even I have forgotten how blessed I am to be living in the greatest country on the face of the earth!
Amy and I went to the U.S. District Court in Phoenix, Arizona where the Naturalization Oath Cermony was held. After one final interview which involved turning in my Permanent Residency Card (Green Card) and clarifying the information on my citizenship certificate, I officially pledged my allegiance as a citizen of the United States of America.
The judge who presided over the ceremony encouraged us to give testimonies (I thought that only happened in church) pertaining to our feelings of becoming a U.S. citizen. The testimonies varied from person to person- but all were equally insiprational. At the end, the judge asked us to not forget our culture for it is the mixed culture of the people within our country which separates us from the rest. He did emphasize that we be good citizens- obeying the laws and upholding the better good of our new country.
As the songwriter says, “I’m so glad to be called an American!” May we continue to remember the blessings of being a citizen of this land which the Lord Himself has established. May we use the liberties we possess to provide spiritual freedom for those who are in bondage to Satan and sin. May we remember that our country, if it is to be great, must first of all be good. And finally, may we remember as the Bible says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
“Amy waits patiently for an American husand.”
Married American Citizens
And they asked, “Who wants to give a testimony?”
“This is all I have to show after becoming a citizen!”