I Don't Belong Here
Posted: Monday, November 24
1 Peter 2:11-3:7
Verse of the day:
Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. (I Peter 2:11-12)
There’s been a lot of talk this week about foreigners in the United States. One of the most respectful comments was made by a mayor in Nebraska describing immigration as a “difficult issue” that “takes logical people and puts them on both sides of the fence.” Comedian Tina Fey wrote it this way: “This is America. None of us belong here.”
As Christians, the truth for us is far more radical. “This is Earth. None of us belong here.” Peter describes us as temporary residents and foreigners. We live on borrowed time in a borrowed space.
This year has held unexpected transitions for myself and my family. My son’s preschool lists “putting on snow pants and snow boots” as an educational objective. I’ve learned about ‘bubblers’ and high property taxes, and apparently, I’ve been mispronouncing the word ‘bag’ all of my life. Despite the warmest of welcomes and the best of intentions, I’ve certainly had moments that I felt . . . well, foreign.
In my imagination, I’d complain to the apostle Peter, but I don’t think it would go well.
Dan: “There are times where I don’t feel like I belong here.”
Peter: “Good. None of them belong here either.”