Not Home Yet: Finding Solidarity as Sojourners

A full article is found at Christ and Pop Culture. Always grateful for your read.

Christians are exiles who, if nothing else, ought to understand what it feels like to be far from home, and to sympathize with and support those whose physical circumstance embodies our own spiritual condition. Believers might debate the right balance between compassion for displaced image bearers and sound national security, but in so doing, we must hold firmly in mind our own status as strangers. America, it turns out, is not where we belong either [...]

There is a blessing in being exiles involved in the muck and mire of the world. Our own hunger and thirst for home deepens as we pray and mourn over sin and rejoice in any foretaste of the full restoration to come. Christians are not cynical isolationists but expectant laborers in our communities. We’re involved in the world, yet we hold the world loosely, lest we fix our eyes on another “home,” a counterfeit one that will inevitably disappoint. To this Russell Moore writes:

Some, in the contemporary context, are speaking of “exile” as though this is a result of a narrative of cultural decline about contemporary America. . . . Christians are “exiles” in “post-Christian America.” . . . This sort of exile narrative puts the church’s home in the wrong place—in a “Christian America” or at least a “moral America” that used to exist somewhere back there. . . . This sort of exile identity just continues the triumphalist rhetoric of the last generation, about “reclaiming America for Christ,” but with the addition of a gloomy “Those Were the Days” nostalgia. That’s not the sort of exile we’ve been called to be.