How do we raise resident aliens?
- Raising resident aliens is the hardest thing about exile in an increasingly post-Christian world.
- We want the “good life” for our children, but the many visions of good life may overlap and compete with what it means to be a person committed to Christ.
• Daniel and his three young friends:
• The great fear of many immigrants is not persecution but assimilation and comfort.
• Hoosiers illustration: “Doesn’t everybody want to feel like a god every once in a while.”
To raise resident aliens, what we need is a particular story, a story that constantly forms them.
It’s critical that our children understand why these stories shape the decisions that we make about how we spend money, spend time (Sabbath), and choose our career and the pursuits of our lives.
• Joshua: “What is this pile of rocks about? God met us here.”
Build altars and ask, “Do you know what this means?
God has acted in the past, God is acting now, and God will act in the future.”
It takes a whole tribe of people who are trying to live this unique way of life in the world to raise resident aliens.
The people of this community are the responsibility of this community.