From the time of Abraham forward, God often removes his people from the place of familiarity and comfort to places of unfamiliarity and discomfort. He dislocates them so that they do not attempt self-sufficiency. We can call it creative dislocation. When we feel dislocated, God does his most creative work. Think of Ruth, Esther, and Daniel. All churches, except Jerusalem are in diaspora.
Notes from Duke’s Center of Reconciliation’s Summer Institute.