Christianity Today "Beautiful Orthodoxy" Book
of the Year in 2016.
Keep Christianity Strange.
As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to
pretend that we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for
America, but it can be good news for the church. What's needed now,
in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor
a pullback into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to
social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of
the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity seems increasingly
strange, and even subversive, to our culture, we have the
opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the gospel, which is
what gives it its power in the first place.
We seek the kingdom of God, before everything else. We connect that
kingdom agenda to the culture around us, both by speaking it to the
world and by showing it in our churches. As we do so, we remember
our mission to oppose demons, not to demonize opponents. As we
advocate for human dignity, for religious liberty, for family
stability, let's do so as those with a prophetic word that turns
everything upside down.
The signs of the times tell us we are in for days our parents and
grandparents never knew. But that's no call for panic or surrender
or outrage. Jesus is alive. Let's act like it. Let's follow him,
onward to the future.