You’re probably wondering, “Who names a website Embracing Exile? Exile is a bad thing, why should I embrace it?”
Well, Reader, I’m glad you asked. In Jeremiah 29:5-7, God has a special message for the exiled Jews who were sent to live in Babylon.
He said, “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
Clearly, God called His people to embrace exile. But what does that have to do with us today? While I don’t know your story, like me, you probably aren’t a Jewish exile stuck in ancient Babylon.
Interestingly, the New Testament also refers to Christians as “exiles.” 1 Peter 2:9-12 says this,
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.”
Christian living in a secular world
As believers, we are now God’s people. Our citizenship is not of this world, it is with the Kingdom of God. Through His grace, we have become exiles in the world, much like the Jews were exiles in Babylon.
But we aren’t called to reject non-believers or live separately from them. We are called to live “among the Gentiles” and act as representatives of God, pointing people to Christ. The same call that God gave the Jews in Babylon is given to us, we should work for the peace and prosperity of our cities and pray to the Lord for it, we are called to embrace exile.
And that, oh Reader, is where the name for this website originated.
Three areas of focus
Embracing exile has countless implications for our daily lives. After Peter labels Christians as exiles, he goes on to give clear directions on how we should live in our communities, workplaces, and families.
Therefore, this website will focus on those three areas. Practical, Biblical, and occasionally humorous thoughts on how you, as an exile, can make positive contributions in your community, workplace, and family.
The best news? Living as an exile doesn’t mean a life of boredom and “missing out.” Kingdom living is full of joy, freedom, excitement, and abundance. As Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This doesn’t start after you die, it can start right now.
If you’re into that, then join the movement today by subscribing to Embracing Exile. You’ll get a free eBook on Leadership, and the weekly blog posts will be delivered to your inbox. I hope you’ll join me on this journey!