One Nation under God
The Apostle Peter asked the question, What kind of people ought you to be? (2Pe 3:11aniv). He was writing a second letter to a church that was facing an uncertain future, yet even in the face of persecution he tells them, You ought to live holy and godly lives (2Pe 3:11bniv).
When Moses led Israel out of Egyptian slavery, the Lord knew where they were going but they didn’t. From all appearances it seemed that they were on the road to an uncertain future, even dehydration and destruction in an unforgiving desert. Three months out of Egypt and in front of a mountain called Sinai, God told Israel what kind of people, nation she was to be: Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Ex 19:5b-6niv).
Whatever its name…Israel or Church, God will always have a nation or a people for Himself. They are not defined by geographical boundaries or political institutions or cultural pedigree, but by a holy character that reflects the image of the God who saved them.