Monday, November 11, 2013

Being Foreign

In the Marine Corps...our troopship carried us...onto Japanese soil...For many of us, it was our first visit to a foreign country. We were surging with excitement...Our company commander called us together...and...said...“Remember, for the first time in your lives, you’re the foreigners. This isn’t your country or your culture...you’re the minority. These aren’t your fellow citizens; they don’t speak your language. They know nothing of your homeland except what they see in you...Act in a way that the Japanese people will gain a good impression of your country.”

As Christians...our citizenship is in heaven...We belong to the kingdom of God...We need to be on our best behaviour, otherwise people will get a distorted perception of what our homeland is like...God left us here for a purpose...to demonstrate what it’s like to be a member of another country, to have a citizenship in another land, that we might create a desire for others to emigrate.

Chuck Swindoll, Hope Again

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