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Ephesians 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household (NIV)
A further word on the text above. While you are busily debating which citizenship is more important to you please remember that the ordinances of God far outweigh anything done here on earth. Jesus said, “I will build my church”, and while we might take a lifetime parsing a clear understanding of what He meant it still should be axiomatic that each and every person who claims this citizenship in the Heavenly Kingdom is necessarily a part of every other person who claims the same. Regardless of our preferences and positions we are to be engaged with one another as “the sheep of His pasture”. The church building above facing a coming storm is not unlike any church in this day. Although it is only a building, it is a gathering place for the citizens of the Kingdom.
As the Church of Jesus becomes the target of more and more so called “freedom” seeking wastrels in our culture we should take note of how “individualized” our faith has become and hence, the idea of going it on our own rings with a rather hollow and hypocritical tone. The “unity of the Spirit” is something which must transcend our personal likes and dislikes if we are ever to reflect the love of Christ really accurately.
Covid 19, monkeypox, Ebola, are not excuses to sit at home and watch Christianity play out on a computer screen. (See Acts 2-3). We have become fearful, lazy, and largely ineffectual in our faith. God forgive us.