As Strangers in a Strange Land

How do we live in a world that is not our home?

…like the exiles whom Jeremiah urged to seek the peace of Babylon, and like the early Christians who were urged to pray for kings and rulers, those who – as citizens of the city of God – are resident aliens in the earthly city, must nevertheless seek its good order, and, when called to responsibility as rulers, must accept it in the spirit of servants of the common good.  This is required by obedience to the law of God, which is love.  Thus the citizens of the heavenly city will actively seek the peace and good order of the earthly city, not seeking to forestall, but patiently awaiting, the final judgment when the two will be visibly separated and the heavenly city will appear in all its beauty. 

-Lesslie Newbigin, Foolishness to the Greeks


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