21 May 2006

no longer foreigners and aliens...

"The people living in the Roman Empire were either citizens, foreigners, or slaves. Citizens were of Roman descent. Some foreigners could become citizens after serving in the Roman army. Slaves were not citizens and had no rights at all."
(Tales of the dead, Ancient Rome)

In light of the trip my sister and i are planning to Italy, i figured it would do me some good to learn a little about Roman History. So that i don't show up in Rome a totally ignorant fool. The older i get the more i realize the less i know. Especially when it comes the history of Europe and the ancient world. So i decided to start with the basics and picked up this illustrated kids book at the library.

So after reading the book i got to thinking about the verse Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household" and how much more meaning that has than most of us are even capable to recognize. What would it look like to go from having no rights at all, to being members of God's household. Some scholars think that Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians from Rome, either way, Paul was a Roman citizen and understood the privilege of being a citizen.