Outtakes . . . Engaging Culture
Excerpts from the book Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by Russell D. Moore, American evangelical theologian, ethicist and preacher:
A Christianity that is without friction in the culture is a Christianity that dies. Such religion absorbs the ambient culture until it is indistinguishable from it, until, eventually, a culture asks what the point is of the whole thing.
A Christianity that is walled off from the culture around it is a Christianity that dies. The gospel we have received is a missionary gospel, one that must connect to those on the outside in order to have life.
Our call is to an engaged alienation, a Christianity that preserves the distinctiveness of our gospel while not retreating from our callings as neighbors, and friends, and citizens.
How do you engage with your culture? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.