Living In Exile
The truth of the matter is that no country has had such a covenantal application since ancient Israel.
God’s people are, in reality, a people in exile no matter where they live today.
Stephen Grabil articulates the reality well;
“Being in “exile” means that God’s people live somewhere other than their true home. For example, God’s people were in “exile” when they were banished from the Garden, lived as slaves in Egypt, and were carted off to Babylon. Similarly, after the resurrection of Christ, God’s people were scattered throughout the world to live as “sojourners and exiles” (1 Pet. 2:11). So, too, for Christians today.”
We are no more called to “take America back for Christ”, than our ancestors were called to take back Rome or Babylon.
It will be the sad lot of those trying to take America back for Jesus this year to leave the task in the hands of a misogynist owner of casinos and strip clubs who they believe has a credible profession of faith despite much evidence to the contrary.
Praise the Lord, double down on black, and make it rain for the ladies…
Some of us are exiled twice…because we don’t line up completely with the views of the “Christian” party, our brethren consign us to a category of lesser believers, if they consider us brethren at all.
This is a good thing…it keeps one from their form of idolatry.
My soul will not be troubled by the prospect of either candidate, nor will I baptize them as Christian flag bearers.
I will live as an exile while looking for a city not built with hands.
Living as an exile does not mean living as one oblivious to the culture…it is living in such a way that the kingdom of God is infused into that culture.
““Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
(Jeremiah 29:3–7 ESV)
Living as an exile means knowing what nation you belong to…and which nation does have the promises of God.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”
(1 Peter 2:9–17 ESV)
Empires come and pass…but the Word and promises of God are eternal.