I’m an Alien: A Theology Lesson With Kanyeezy and Katy Perry…Seriously.

by caitlin

So, referencing my aforementioned love of hip hop music, let’s just say I was moved to tears AGAIN by a Top 40 hit…shameful. I am with child and thus with crazy hormones, give me a break!

I’ve always kind of felt like a freak.

In high school I felt older than my peers (NOT in a judgy, holier-than-thou kind of way; but in a judgy, holier-than-thou kind of way–you see the difference right?). I wasn’t all about the drama and “kissing around” (remember, HOLIER; the idea of sleeping around didn’t even occur to me). I couldn’t wait for my REAL life to start, away from PVB and all its trappings. I now understand how (ironically) alienating and NOT like Christ my perspective was (and still is in many ways).

Then I went to a college that I thought would prepare me for life on the foreign mission field only to find out that (almost) everyone there believed different things about Jesus than I did. Yikes!

So I came home and worked at a church while attending a university where I was a commuter student (read: had no friends because I went to class and went home or to work).

Then I met A and we got hitched at the ripe old average (between the two of us) age of 20 : ) Suffice it to say that we had NO married friends and all of our friends thought we were crazy.

After college I worked in a job that allowed me to be one of the few people representing my “lack of color-ness” most of the time. It was great! If I’m being honest it was hard sometimes, but I learned what it felt like to be an outsider.

Now I’m here in Charville, a preppy, hyper-conservative town…and me, not so much. Oh, and I’m knocked up. Most of my closest friends in this area code are single and most certainly (though not obviously) babyless. Single people are fun, and it’s been a BLAST relating to other women who don’t have hubbies to share their hearts with.

So, I’m a freak. If all of those little tid-bits didn’t make that clear to you, then it’s clear to me that you are dense I am less different than I think I am.

Anyway, I was driving the Fit Car around Charlotte and heard this song (who knows what it’s really about–feel free to interpret the lyrics–double YIKES!) called E.T. and I realized that I have felt like an alien most of my life.

While contemplating this and quite frankly feeling a little sorry for myself, I remembered what the Word of God says about E.T.’s.

God tells me that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection I am NO LONGER an alien, but I am reconciled to Him (Colossians 1:21-22)–with an identity that He gave me and He understands and He loves.

In John 17:16-18, Jesus talks about being “not of the world” and then goes on to say that his followers are not of this world either. He sent his people into the world to love others to Him, and one day we’ll get to go back to Him because our citizenship is in heaven.

In Revelation 21, Luke paints the most BEAUTIFUL picture of what heaven will be like, where we know longer feel estranged from creation, our fellow man, God, ourselves. Lemme tell you people (mom), I.CANNOT.WAIT! Until then I will continue to feel like a freak who doesn’t belong anywhere, knowing full well EXACTLY where I belong.

Revelation 21:1-5

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Amen and amen.