Strangers in a Strange Land

As our country abandons the Christian morality that was once its strength, committed Christians are becoming more and more isolated from the mainstream of society.   Effectively Christians are becoming strangers, foreigners and aliens.

Christians who dare to say what they think, or quote a passage from the Bible, could lose their jobs and reputation.  Free speech is anathema, political correctness prevails.

Homosexuality is revered.  If you dare to criticize, you’ll be made to suffer.  Practitioners of other perversions such as bestiality and paedophilia are also strengthening their positions.  It now requires more courage to “come out” as a Bible-believing Christian than it does to “come out” as a homosexual. 

Adultery, fornication, broken families and divorce are becoming the norm.  The percentage of solo parents and fatherless families is increasing.  Children are told they can choose their gender, ignoring physiological realities.  Innocent babies are killed where they should be safest - inside their mothers. 

Churches are emptying, jails are full.  Drug consumption is rife and the resultant mental problems are at epidemic levels.  In New Zealand, suicides are at a record high and are now nearly twice the road toll.

Our society is sick with a spiritual disease called sin.  The cure can be found through faith in Jesus Christ.

The Bible writer to the Hebrews, describing men and women of faith, said “they were strangers and pilgrims on earth.” (Hebrews 11:13).  In a very real sense, that’s an apt description of men and women of faith today. 

We’re strangers in a strange land – happy foreigners who don’t belong.  Citizens of a heavenly country, our destiny and expectations transcend time and are eternal.

The great apostle Paul said in one of his letters, Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20)

We wait to see the Saviour, Jesus Christ, “who having not seen we love. Though now we do not see Him, yet believing, we rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the result of our faith – the salvation of our souls.” (1 Peter 1:8)
 
As Christian believers, we can identify with the words of this song:

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we do not see her King,
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness and all her paths are peace.

And when I reach that country, I’ll see her mighty King,
I’ll praise Him for His mercy, His grace and suffering;
Upon the cross of Calvary in love for me He died,
So I can have true freedom, forever at His side;
His love will never falter, His love has paid the price,
His love has made undaunted the final sacrifice.

Sir Cecil Spring-Rice & Lindsay Smith
Redemption Hymns 231 v.2,3

Lindsay Smith, September 2019