Those of us who call ourselves Christians need to remember where our allegiance lies. As much we we like to think of our particular location in a particular country as home, it really isn't. Especially during this season when our own nationality and our responsibility as citizens are intensified, we need to view ourselves correctly--as foreign citizens, or "resident aliens."
To draw upon an analogy from the Old Testament--and I'm going to use several in this piece--we are rather like Abraham, who was called by God to leave his home and go to another country that God would give him as his inheritance. "He went without knowing where he was going," the writer of Hebrews recalled. "And even when he reached the land God had promised him, he lived there by faith--for he was like a foreigner, living in tents" (Hebrews 11:8-9).