“In a profound sense, this world is not our home. When we are away from our bodies we will be “at home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). We are not to be ‘conformed to this age’ (Rom. 12:2). Our lives ‘are hid with Christ in God’ (Col. 3:3). We have been ‘transferred out of the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of his beloved Son’ (Col. 1:13). We have ‘passed out of death and into life’ (1 John 3:14). We are exiles and strangers here.” This truth, that we are exiles in this world, is the basis for John Piper’s article in the May issue of Tabletalk magazine.
“The fact that we are exiles on the earth (1 Peter 2:11) does not mean that we don’t care what becomes of culture. However, it does mean that we exert our influence as very happy, brokenhearted outsiders. We are exiles. ‘Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ’ (Phil. 3:20). ‘Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come’ (Heb. 13:14).”