July 20, 2018
Ephesians 2:15-22…“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.” vss. 19-20
It’s so easy to get caught up in the strident nationalism of our day and begin to believe that illegals threaten every aspect of our future. According to current rhetoric, all our problems will go away if only we can stem the tide of migration and eliminate the aliens from among us. Fortunately, followers of Jesus find their confidence, not in national boundaries, but in their common citizenship as members of the household of God. Of course we are in one sense, citizens of one or another country, but that’s not our most important connection. So when we see pictures of refugees stacked at our country’s borders or families seeking asylum being separated, we need to remember that many of these are our brothers and sisters in Christ and our fellow citizens. Since this is a foundational gospel truth, it’s hard to understand how so many so-called-religious-leaders can spew such hatred in their attacks on those seeking better lives for themselves and their families. In that context, it’s a particular blessing to see people of faith offering those fellow saints every kind of assistance and help. In their acts of hospitality, the light of Christ is shining bright and God is glorified!
Thought for the Day: Why do people fear refugees?