What does it mean to have spiritual citizenship? This question underscores today’s lectionary-based message from Philippians 3:17 – 4:1. In the Old Testament, the Bible repeatedly suggests that God chose the Jews/Hebrews only, with whom he made an almighty covenant yielding preferential treatment. It all began with Abraham, when his great faith ushered the agreement whereby God gave him and his descendants unique access. The Jews savored their exclusivity as God provided them salvation (albeit through the harsh Law and sacrifices), liberated them from Egypt, and helped them occupy Palestine and expand their mini-empire. Through their exclusive adoption by God, anyone born Jewish auto-magically inheritedRead More →