Elect Exiles is blog dedicated to making the most of our brief exile here on earth. The book of 1 Peter is addressed to the “elect exiles of the dispersion” (1:1). The title “elect exiles,” denotes that we have been chosen by God–we are no longer our own–he has chosen us and set us apart for his holy purposes. It also tells us that we are exiles–we do not ultimately belong to this world nor do we “fit” in it. We live in a world that is corrupted by sin, a world that increasingly does not understand us, yet God has appointed us to live in this world. Thus, this blog is dedicated to helping Christians think through what it means to be an elect exile–one of God’s chosen people, set apart to display the glory of Jesus during our short stay on earth.
- Ultimately, we desire to tell of the greatness of Christ, keeping in mind that we were helpless children of wrath, saved by sovereign, pursuing, confronting grace.
We know where we’ve come from. We did nothing to merit the grace we have received (Eph. 2:8-9), in fact if we got what our sins deserved we would face God’s infinite wrath (Ezra. 8:22; Col. 3:5-11; Eph. 2:1-3, 5:6 Rom. 1:18). Therefore we understand sin to be our fundamental problem. Sin is our biggest problem because we were created by God and for God and our sin separates us from Him (Isa. 59:2). We seek to address our most fundamental problem with the only true answer: the grace of God in Jesus Christ. While we were sinners Jesus died for us (Rom 5:8-9), the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18). There is no greater news than to hear that our greatest problem has been solved and the purpose for which we were created restored. Therefore, the gospel is our message. It is our hope, it is our joy, it is our motivation for living.
The gospel is the subject, the message, and the driving force of our blog. We believe the gospel changes everything. We will do our best to apply the gospel to all of life (e.g. our culture, the lost, and to the church).
We hope to display the infinite worth of Jesus Christ in everything we do and it is our desire that this blog would challenge and encourage other “elect exiles” to do the same. We believe that Jesus is going to return and take his exiles home, we hope this truth radically shapes our lives and yours as well.