I want you to read the Rich Lusk piece mentioned in the previous post. Really. Some folks are afraid of dangerous ideas. (Some are just afraid of ideas period.) This article presents dangerous ideas. You should read it. And we should talk about it.
Here’s another sample:
…we must learn to see America not as a battle field, but as a mission field. We must learn to die for the life of the world. We must learn to practice what has been called cruciformity – that is, Christ-shaped, sacrificial living. Such a pattern of life does not lend itself to competing in the games politicians play.
Instead of focusing on political reform, we must concentrate our energies on rehabilitating the wounded and weakened body of Christ. The need of the hour is for the church to be the church! In other words, the first item on the church’s agenda must be the church. This is not because the church and state are “separate,” though in an institutional sense, that is true. Nor is it simply because theological/ecclesial questions are more important than political questions. Rather, we must understand, as Leithart pointed out, theological/ecclesial questions are more important to politics than political questions. As Richard John Neuhaus is fond of saying, the most important political task of the church is to be the church.
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