The Christian church in the United States is living in a kind of exile: after centuries of enjoying social, cultural, and political power and influence, the church increasingly finds itself alienated from the centers of power that it once took for granted. Some see this as a crisis and seek a return to the center of American society. But the biblical record—full of experiences of exile—commends a very different approach. Using the book of 1 Peter, and in conversation with Daniel, Esther, and Jonah, this series explores what a creative, constructive, faithful response to our modern exile might look like for the church today.
The Church in Exile
Sunday, February 21, 2021
After the people of God suffer dislocation and exile at the hands of Babylon in the 6th century BCE, exile becomes an important controlling metaphor for how they understand their collective life in a challenging world, even long after they return to their homeland. For the Christian church today, exile remains a useful lens through which to view the challenges of faithful witness in a fast-changing world.