Of Exile

In the U.S., I see a very different form of exile, if it is appropriate to refer to is truly as exile.  Daniels writes that “many Christians are waking up to the reality that they are suddenly strangers in a strange time” (Exile, Kindle location 141).  The sense of exile I increasingly see and hear from my American friends has a very different feel than that of their Asian counterparts.  Here in U.S., the Christian community seems to be feeling the loss of something and so the reaction often takes the form of an aggressive “let’s get back what we had” mentality, especially as it relates to politics and changes in the American cultural landscape; perhaps even a “defeat the enemy invading our territory” kind of impulse. This has been demonstrated with great clarity over recent weeks of political debate and discourse leading up to a highly divisive presidential election.

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Win at all costs

And for those who claim the name of Christ as part of your identity…when you do such things you have compromised your witness, your testimony, and your opportunity for meaningful dialogue. When your mission is to win at all costs…you have already lost.

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What does a Christlike approach to politics look like?

Are we willing to sacrifice friendships and family for the sake of political partisanship, imperfect platforms, and less-than-Christlike candidates? What does love require of us in the political realm? What does a Christlike approach to politics look like? I don’t know all the answers, but I suspect it involves a great deal more grace, sacrifice, and surrender than we might realize.

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Politics need not be filled with rottenness…

How refreshing, like rain clearing the sky of the noxious smoke of raging wildfires, to see someone refuse to make fun of, throw jabs or insults at, or demean a political opponent in the midst of his time of vulnerability…. it was… what’s the word?… it was… kind. And, likewise, I hope for a quick…

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Two different versions of freedom

I’m fairly certain the freedom being spoken of here is more “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and less enduring the cross.
What was said — “…and never forget that ‘where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,’ that means freedom always wins…”

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