I went to see a musical-theatre production last week with some of the best friends a man can ask for. The production is called “ons vir jou” which is afrikaans for “we are for you”, a common patriotic phrase used by the Afrikaners in South africa. The show was brilliant!! I walked out of that theatre feeling proud and more patriotic than Mel Gibson could ever be. I got to know a part of South African history that defines who I am and where I come from in a big way….
OR DOES IT?
We are made in the image and likeness of God, not in the image of our culture, countries of origin or our history. Our country simply defines our cultural heritage and some weird mannerisms we are known by (can we hear it for all the South Africans who eat old dried meat called Biltong). In essence we do not have a country, we are a city, we are God’s address on planet earth. The writer in Hebrews confirms that we are living stones in the New Jerusalem. Hebrews 12:22-24
Yes, celebrate your cultural background but remember that is not what defines you. Generations before you didn’t make you the person you are today, God did by making you in His image and likeness. On the cross Christ prepared a city for us Hebrews 11:16 and we are all residence in that city. No matter how good or how bad your heritage looks like, you are complete in Christ. What if we started being so patriotic towards our true origin our Christly city?
Hebrews 13:14 “we are not finding our identity or security in the walled city of popular legalistic religious opinion. Our interest is captured by a different kind of city”