Are You an Alien—Or Do You Belong Here?

Are You an Alien—Or Do You Belong Here?

The Bible sometimes calls the followers of Jesus, aliens*. This seems like a strange and insulting label. An alien is someone who doesn’t belong, an outsider.In common usage, an alien is from another country, but jumping to the world of sci-fi, an alien is from another world or alternate existence.

Is this starting to come into focus? If we follow Jesus, we don’t belong here; we are just passing through to the home that awaits us in heaven.

Acting like aliens means we have a different focus, different goals, and different priorities. Click To Tweet

We are indeed aliens—but do we act like it? Acting like aliens means we have a different focus, different goals, and different priorities. It means we are different and people should see that difference.

Are you an alien—or do you belong here?

* See Ephesians 2:19, Hebrews 11:13, and 1 Peter 2:11; some translations use words like exiles, migrants, strangers, and temporary residents. The Message uses the phrase, “world is not your home.”

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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