“”Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce’” (Jeremiah 29:4-5).

Being followers of Christ and aliens in a strange land (1 Peter 2:12) doesn’t mean we isolate, segregate, and sequester ourselves away in the fear of being corrupted by the outside world. Doing so is such an egregious expression of hiding one’s light under a basket and deliberately removing the most vital spice, salt, from our Lord’s recipe for redeeming the world. The church’s mission can be fulfilled in neither our sanctuaries nor our private and exclusive institutions but, rather, only in the mainstreams of everyday life.

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