Life in Exile

Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity. But, inhabitating Greek as well as barbarian cities... and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly striking method of life. 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.
— Letter written by unknown "disciple of the apostles" to Diognetus, 3rd Century

1 Peter 1:1-2, 1 Peter 2:9-12

Sunday, June 22, 2014