Read It

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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5 responses to “Read It

  1. I can’t help but relate this to “Unchristian” and David Kinnaman’s statement that we have to avoid being defensive about the cultural push to remove Christianity’s power in society…which seems in many ways to be at the heart of political reform. Concentrating “our energies on rehabilitating the wounded and weakened body of Christ” would certainly accomplish that, yes?

  2. All of this, plus what Marty said, plus Tim Keller…it all makes me excited and hopeful about the future of the church in America. With all of these men who are speaking truth and sounding the alarm, surely the church will wake up and see the mess we have made and change. Right? At least an ever-growing portion of the church seems to be more aware.

    Or maybe what we need is a little persecution.

  3. Interestingly, Becky, Tim Keller asserts that the problem with the church in Europe is state churches. Reading Lusk, it seems that some sort of state church (whatever that my look like) is what he’s advocating. I am not putting Keller and Lusk at odds, but they do seem to have some difference of opinion on this.

    At bottom, I think they would both argue against what we’re doing now (we being the church in America) is wrong headed.

    Also interesting is the phrase “Let the church be the church.” What do you suppose that means?

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