Here is a paragraph from noted Protestant, reformed theologian Carl Trueman:
Rod Dreher has been creating quite a helpful and productive stir with his arguments in favor of the “Benedict Option” as a way for the church to think about its mission in a world where Christianity is thrust to the despised cultural margins. I am not sure where I stand on all of the details—some seem yet to be worked out—but he is surely highlighting the fact that in America things are changing rapidly and that Christians need to realize that. Much of what he says resonates with the notion of church as exile community, with which I have deep sympathy. Yet part of me wonders if we need a new (or perhaps “new old”) option at all.
If you were looking to the New Testament addressing the church as an “exile community,” you’d look immediately at the Book of Revelation. Maybe we’ll spend some time there in the next few weeks.