ambassadors from another country

post from: KrisAnne

I am continuing to read Right Here Right Now: everyday mission for everyday people by Lance Ford and Alan Hirsch. On page 74 they begin to consider what it means to be an ambassador sent with a purpose to another country. Hirsch includes this fantastic entry from a document called The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus, written in the second century concerning what was observed about Christians by nonChristians:

They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but not a common bed. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life. they are poor, yet make many rich; they are in lack of all things, and yet abound in all; they are dishonoured, and yet in theri very dishonour are glorified.  (p. 75 in Hirsch and Ford’s book, with an endnote citing original document)

What would this look like today? To live as natives, but as foreigners, citizens of another Kingdom with another King… yet fully living in the flesh at this time, in this place, with LOVE.  We are ambassadors of love, mercy, justice, grace, goodness, right-ness… in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. What does that mean, in practical terms?

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~ by missionindtown on July 7, 2011.

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