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Where Do You Live?

By Don Loftis | 03.18.15

Many have heard of Philip Nolan, who in Edward Hale’s famous short story was known as “the man without a country.”   However, few have heard of Rejual Mondal who has two countries claiming his residency.  The reality is that his house sits on the border of India and Bangladesh.  He has a bedroom in one country and a kitchen in another, and both nations want him to pay taxes.

When I moved to rural Indiana, the locals told me of a house that had been intentionally built at the point where Putnam, Owen and Morgan counties met.  Depending on which county law officers were trying to arrest them, they simply retreated to a different section of the house, where a different jurisdiction held power.

Sometimes as Christians we forget “where we live.”  Certainly we live here on earth, pay taxes, send our children to school, and vote in elections.  To the best of our ability we follow the laws of the land and respect our rulers.  However, we know the truth of Paul’s words to the Philippians, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

In I Peter 2:11 Christians are referred to as “aliens and strangers” not because we are weird, but because we are currently away from our homeland.  The song writer captured the thought by penning, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.”  Let’s not forget where we live and where we will be, when we finally get home.

 


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