When it comes to tracking how Christians engage today’s secular culture, it’s easy to see that the vast majority of our responses are exactly that – responses. Whether it’s abortion, euthanasia, LGBTQ issues, or something else, most of our effort is “catching up” rather than setting the agenda. Reacting rather than acting.
The Christian community has excellent apologists who help us understand what the Bible says about issues and why it matters, but we don’t have much in the way of a grand strategy. As a result, we spend too much time fighting immediate issues and not looking at how we got here in the first place.
We’re bailing water from a boat instead of fixing the leak in the first place.
Jonathan Bock and I wrote our new book with that in mind. “The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get It Back” was written to force us to step back, see a bigger picture of why we’ve lost credibility in the culture, and uncover what we can do to fix it.
Simply responding to immediate issues is reacting not acting. If we believe the Christian faith has the over-arching answer to life’s big questions, then we need to start the conversation, not simply complain about it.
Read the book. I’d be curious to know what you think, because if we’re going to impact today’s world, it’s time we starting thinking bigger.