I came across the following reflection on the ancient faith radio website on the topic of "Christianity and Patriotism." I thought it was beneficial to share this reflection considering the times we live in today and the issues we're facing in Egypt and in the Diaspora. I also thought it interesting considering how the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches are strongly ethnocentric, and this reflection is coming from an Eastern Orthodox priest. http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/mysterion/christianity_and_patriotism
I also thought it would be nice to type out the whole quote mentioned at the end of the podcast, which is from the Epistle to Diognetus, written by an unknown Christian author in the second century:
"For the Christians are distinguished from other people neither by country, nor language, not the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity. The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation of deliberation of inquisitive people; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines. But, inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities, according as the lot of each of them has determined, and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly striking way of life. They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers.... They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven."
(Trans. Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, Ante-Nicene Church Library, Edinburgh 1897, Vol. 1, 307).