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The Power of a Committed Group

In an article in this month’s Christianity Today magazine, the late John Stott writes about the power of committed Christians as a group.  It’s a great reminder that even as a minority in society, the impact can be enormous.  He writes:  

“Christians have the power of group solidarity—the power of a dedicated minority. According to the American sociologist Robert Belair, at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, “We should not underestimate the significance of the small group of people who have a vision of a just and gentle world. The quality of a whole culture may be changed when two percent of its people have a new vision.”  That was the way of Jesus. He began with a small group of only 12 dedicated people. Within a few years, Roman officials complained they were turning the world upside down. There is a great need for dedicated Christian groups committed to one another, committed to a vision of justice, committed to Christ; groups that will pray together, think together, formulate policies together, and get to work together in the community.”

Rather than “every man for himself” – which is the way of most churches and ministries today – what if we actually worked together for social change?   The implications are enormous.  The challenge is – how do we make that happen?

Any suggestions?



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  1. I think you said it pretty clearly in your article. But we DON’T do it by resorting to angry, divisive, single-issue, power politics.

  2. Better learn to find common ground with non-Christians too.  Most are monotheists, so you’re all worshiping the same entity. If you can’t force the various religious leaders to abandon their empire-building megalomania then a lot of people will meet their maker prematurely (and I can’t imaging that “He” will be all that pleased with our collective failure).

  3. We Christians are definitely the most disfunctional body existent. But is it a lost cause to try to unite the church? Is God letting us be this way so he can wow us with whatever he has planned, so it’s undeniably Him and not man? He lets us be weak and divided so He can show himself strong?

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