Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world. ~ 1 Peter 2:11-12
I recently was on an FCA mission to Malaysia and Thailand. I made an effort to dress like the locals. However, as a 6’9” Caucasian, there was no mistake – I was a foreigner! The Lord reminds His followers in 1 Peter 2:11 that we are “temporary residents and foreigners” on earth, regardless of where they travel.
As a foreign traveler, I am aware of some of the negative stereotypes that people have of Americans and I make an effort to be kind and humble. Similarly, we are encouraged in verse 12 of 1 Peter to “be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors” who likewise are likely to carry negative stereotypes of Christians.
In Asia I stood out (literally) so much, that I could not begin to count the number of strangers who asked to take selfies with me! I am used to people being enamored with height, but this was taken to another level, pun intended. I was different and people could not help but notice. I hope I stuck out not just with my height, but that people also saw a difference in my behavior and the stereotype they had for Americans.
As a Christian, do I stand out as an obvious foreigner in the world?
Is my behavior so honorable that people will give honor to God?
If you are a Christ-follower on a team with non believers, is it noticeable that you are different?
Posted on Fri, March 3, 2017
by Kerry O'Neill filed under