Living outside the US in another country, people kept telling me I would experience culture shock and yes, living in another country, with a radically different cultural mind set – actually two or three distinctively different cultural mindsets – needless to say, it took a little adjustment. But the adjustment was more along the lines of “How do I fit into the everyday living going on around me?” Still, now that I’m “home” I find myself inundated with constant discussion and arguments about Presidential candidates, I hear polarizing news stories filled with spin, I see hate and anger in American streets…I feel like a foreigner. Culture shock in my own culture.
Since being away from America and living the life of an alien in a different land, I suppose I have unknowingly become a refugee here at “home”. Living as a foreigner, you are acutely aware of political boundaries and your place in cultural situations i.e. that you are an outsider with limited rights. You learn quickly what you can and can’t do. Simply put, in every little thing, you are confronted with the fact that your citizenship lies elsewhere. You are a foreigner, an alien. Your driving habits, your clothing choices, where you can and can’t go, your freedoms – or lack thereof, etc. You know, this place is not your home.
God tells us in Philippians chapter 1, that we are not citizens of this country or that country, of this world. Those who are followers of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Mashiach, Isa al masih) are already citizens of heaven and not of this world. So maybe we should look at the rights, privileges, and responsibilities that come with being citizens of God’s kingdom. God says….
“Live as citizens [of heaven] who reflect [edify] the Good News about Christ…. firmly united in spirit, united in fighting for the faith that the Good News brings…” (Philippians 1:27.
This world is not my home. I will wait for a better one – a better country, that is a heavenly one (Hebrews 11:16).
You too can have this inheritance. Don’t we all want heaven? He promises a better home in a better country – a heavenly one. Don’t be afraid to hope. If you don’t have a shred of hope left in you, ask and He will give it. He gives it to me every morning. I am praying God will fill your life with His Hope.
May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 15:13)