The idea that Christians are "just passin' through" this world and that we do not belong here seems to be deeply ingrained in Christian spirituality. We hope that when we die we will go to our true home - heaven. One thing is clear - is not our real home. We are like exiles living in a foreign land.
I think that this is mistaken. This is God's good creation and its destiny is not death but new life. Humans were made to inhabit this earth and the resurrection of the dead will be accompanied by the liberation of all creation. So Christians do belong here on earth but we don't belong here yet.
We who have received the eschatological Spirit of God belong to the future not the present. We are exiles in time not in space. We are the tomorrow people. We are temporally displaced refugees thrown into a past where we do not (or, at least, should not) quite fit in.
We await the fullness of a new age not a new stage. So let's not long to be somewhere else but, as they say in Wiltshire, somewhen else.
- Robin Parry
- Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).