Christendom has collapsed but Christ’s church is alive and well. More than perhaps any other point in modern history the church as an institution has receded from privileged positions of cultural influence. This is not all bad. In fact in the history of God’s people, seasons of “exile” were often seasons of repentance, renewal and restoration. More than that, sometimes God used his people in exile to transform their host empires.
But we must acknowledge this shift. It is no good to go on behaving and speaking as if we speak from a majority position, from some received consensus. Instead, turning to the life of Daniel and his friends for cues on living faithfully as “Christian refugees,” we should adopt humility, hospitality, holiness, courage and hope.
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