Heaven on Earth

I'm a Kentuckian. I'm a southerner. I don't have to tell you those things, you'll find it pretty easy to tell. The way I talk, walk and dress will give me away. Where I'm from has impacted forever my speech, my likes and dislikes, my feelings about family and friends, and much more. My home state's culture has impacted my very being. No matter where I go, Kentucky goes with me. Even in the farthest reaches of the north, I'm still southern. That's just the way it is.
The Bible says that we Christians are citizens of Heaven. We are in this world but not of this world. Shouldn't people be able to tell that when they meet us? Shouldn't we talk differently, act differently and think differently than citizens of this world? I'm not talking about "Bible-thumping" for show (you know, every word that comes out of your mouth is thee and thou). I'm not talking about being weird for the sole purpose of being different (the Bible tells us "be thou holy", not "be thou weird"). I'm not talking about being self-righteous and self-important and holier-than-thou. I'm talking about reflecting the culture of our homeland. I'm talking about living out the morals, values, and priorities of Heaven in our earthly lives. I'm talking about being "heaven-ly" even though we're here on Earth.
If you've ever visited China Town in San Francisco, you would almost swear that you had left the US and entered China. These people are United States citizens but they didn't abandon their Chinese culture. They will always be Chinese in their hearts, even though they love the United States and feel blessed to live here. They recreated a little bit of China here in the US just by "being Chinese"!. Jesus taught us to pray to our Heavenly Father "thy kingdom come, thy will be done in Earth as it is in Heaven". We recreate the kingdom of Heaven here on Earth when we live out Heaven's culture in our Earthly lives, when we live on Earth by Heaven's rules.
I find I don't have to tell people that I'm from Kentucky and I find I don't have to tell people that I'm a Christian either. They watch me live and they just know. They hear it in my voice, see it in my actions and recognize it in my lifestyle.

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