To date, over 4 million Ukrainians have migrated out of Ukraine since the start of the war of Russian Aggression. This matches the near-4 million Afghan refugees that have been displaced do to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. But refugees and migrants are moving on a global scale, from Asia to South America.
If there is anything that will define this era, it will not be pandemic or political fracturing, it will be displacement and disorientation. This is an “Age of Displacement.”
Worldwide migration is only a symptom of a larger spiritual unsettling happening in the hearts of people. In a recent Christianity Today article, “The Rise of the ‘Umms'”, Mike Moore noted that our culture now contains within it three groups of people: the Nones, the Dones, and (now) the Umms that identify with a deep spiritual disorientation.
In a recent sermon on the cultural impact of displacement and Isaiah 43:16-19, I argue that this is perhaps the greatest challenge–and opportunity–facing Christ’s Church today.