Wednesday, November 5, 2008

America is Not My Home

I was reminded last night as I cried and prayed and prayed and cried that America is not my home. This world is not my home. The Bible study that I just went through called Stepping Up by Beth Moore focuses on the theme of the Scriptures that we are pilgrims, like the Israelites, on our way to Zion.

Fellow pilgrims perhaps we have gotten too comfortable in America and forgotten that this is not our home and the standards of this world should not be our standards. Fellow pilgrims let us not be like Lot and get too comfortable living in sin. Hate evil and hold fast to what is good (Amos 5:15).

Now more than ever let us "not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of [our] mind,that by testing [we] may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:1,2). "Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1,2).

From your fellow pilgrim who wants to pick up the pace and start running.

"A stranger and exile on the earth" (Hebrew 11:13)