In Peter’s first epistles he described God’s people as “elect sojourners” (1 Peter 1:1). The literal translation emphasizes God’s choice in placing His people out in the world. The word that is used speaks as though God is scattering them about and moving them around, like a sojourner. We naturally like to see things stay the way they are… but the truth is, things in our world and cultures are changing constantly. Peter told God’s people that though they are not permanent residents here on earth, as God’s elect sojourners, they represent that which is permanent and lasting. The people of God are said to be HIS eternal possession, who are declaring His glory out in a world that is confusing and deteriorating (1 Peter 2:9). Though we may feel at times like strangers at our workplace, in our neighborhood, and in our own culture… actually we are placed there by the hand of God to show His stability and everlasting work in an unstable world. (1 Peter 1:1-2). The following quote was from an anonymous Christian who wrote it in the 2nd Century AD: “Christians are not distinguished from the rest of mankind by either country, speech, or customs…. They reside in their respective countries, but only as aliens. They take part in everything as citizens, and put up with everything as foreigners. Every foreign land is their home, and every home a foreign land…They find themselves in the flesh, but do not live according to the flesh. They spend their days on earth, but hold citizenship in heaven.” PMC
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.