As Jesus stood before Pilate, He made the statement “My kingdom is not of this world.” With this brief, yet profound statement, Jesus reminded His followers that we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and exiles in the kingdoms of earth. Living in this tension can be incredibly challenging at times as we walk the way of the exile and journey to our eternal home.
This lifestyle raises all sorts of challenges. What happens when the demands of these two kingdoms are in conflict with each other? Is it possible to be a fully engaged, contributing, uncompromising citizen and exile? The good news is that Daniel's life gives us great and relevant examples.