I Want To Believe

In aliens.

There, I said it. I want to believe in Aliens. I really do. I was asked at a recent conference for my thoughts on Alien life and now I will give it. The Bible clearly speaks to us about Aliens. You know that, don’t you? Don’t ever doubt it. It’s right there in black and white. 1 Peter 2:11 says, “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.”

If you are a Christian you are an Alien. At least you are supposed to be. An alien is a sojourner, a pilgrim, a stranger. It is someone who is not at home, a traveler, one on a journey. They live out of suitcases. They have a hard time with the language and the customs of the country they are traveling through. They stand out. They are different, distinct.

My faith in Alien life, however has become severely shaken. I’m not sure I believe in Aliens anymore. I see many who are supposed to be Aliens getting rid of the suitcase and buying property. I see Aliens fitting in. I see many who are supposed to be strange and peculiar being quite ordinary. How comfortable are we here? In a God dishonoring, sin saturated society? Do you feel as though you are under assault? As though a war were being waged against your soul? Or do you feel safe, happy, and secure? How much do you long for heaven? How much do you desire to depart?

Pastor Gardiner Spring in his book, The Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character, said this,

“The spirit of the world is incompatible with the spirit of the Gospel. It is the spirit of pride and not of humility; of self-indulgence rather than self-denial. Riches, honors, and pleasure form the grand object of pursuit with men of the world…Indifferent to everything but that which is calculated to gratify the carnal mind, they lift up their souls unto vanity and pant after the dust of the earth. Their thoughts and their affections are chained down to the things of time and sense. And in these they seem irrecoverably immersed. They seldom think but they think of the world; they seldom converse but they converse of the world. The world is the cause of their perplexity and the source of their enjoyment…The disciple of Jesus, as he has nobler affections than the worldling, has a higher object and more elevated joys. While the wise man glories in his wisdom, the mighty man glories in his might, and the rich man glories in his riches, it is the Christian’s privilege to glory in nothing save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto him and he unto the world. The character and cause of the blessed Redeemer lie so near to his heart that in comparison with these everything else vanishes into nothing. He views the world by the eyes of faith and light of that reflects its intrinsic importance–the light of eternity. There the world shrinks to a point and the fashion of it passeth away.”

That sounds like an Alien to me. That’s what I want to be. Care to join me?

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One response to “I Want To Believe

  • MarieP

    Beam us up, Lord!

    Seriously, Jonathan preached a very encouraging message at the Nursing Home last Lord’s Day on Hebrews 11:8-10:

    “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

    As I’ve been thinking about this passage this week, I was struck by how often, when we think of Abraham’s faith, we go to Romans 4 first and not nearly as often to this passage in Hebrews. To be of the same faith as Abraham is not only to believe God for our justification but also to live as Aliens, seeking that better country and heavenly city!

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