Are we there yet? Following Jesus can feel like an eternal groaning with that question.
The ancient letters attributed to Peter call us to see that we are exiles, strangers in a strange land, people who aren’t at home in the culture of this world, people who embrace Jesus’ countercultural way and follow him back to our eternal homeland, God’s Eternal Village of Love and Justice.
Yet, along the way, we will struggle to the point where we’ll keep asking, Are we there yet? We’ll encounter neighbors along the way who will challenge us and tell us we’re never going to get there. These letters assure that we will get there One Day, and we’re moving there here and now. They also challenge us not to judge those who challenge us; instead, we should draw nearer to them. For one, we don’t know where they’re coming from. And two, God isn’t judging them yet: “The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives” (2 Peter 3:9, CEB).
So are we there yet? No, but we will be, and we’re moving there now with all our neighbors.
Message from Sunday, June 1, 2014.