Discovering the beautiful, spiritual, God-created universe that is our original and only real home means in some degree going through a refugee experience in this human scene. That is, we all must leave behind a fallible sense of mere national attachment and seek a purer, more enduring home in God.
That doesn’t mean we have to relinquish our love for our country or pick up and move to a foreign address. But it does mean we have to seek and find a deep, spiritual allegiance to an enduring sense of home that is beyond a human sense of nation.
In the very first book of the Bible, God began to teach Abram this lesson. “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house,” God said, “unto a land that I will shew thee” (Genesis 12:1). This search for a divinely created home resulted in a literal leaving of his material home for another place; but this was symbolic of the spiritual transformation in which Abram would take on a new name: Abraham.