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.

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. Instead of aliens, some translations use words like exiles, migrants, strangers, and temporary residents. The Message uses the phrase, “this world is not your home.”]

A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 1,000-page website to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

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