Monday, April 06, 2009

Christianity Is Not Your Grandma's Preserves

You must advance the gospel to see society reformed. Only born-again people can live born-again lives.

When Christians speak of “preserving a Christian heritage,” that’s the last gasping breath of a dying faith. The Christian influence of that society is about to expire.

You can only talk about "preserving a Christian heritage" when you’re living with the privilege of being the majority in a society. Christians don’t talk about "winning the culture" or "preserving a Christian heritage" in places like Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or Egypt. They pray and strategize and talk about advancing the good news of Jesus Christ.

You cannot preserve a Christian heritage. It's not like jelly that's jarred. You can only live it and advance it through the gospel. It's more like butter that's spread.

3 comments:

Nathan Metcalf said...

On that same line of thinking. You can only make a Preserve once the fruit is dead. Once the fruit is picked, cooked down and totally change. It is dead. You Preserve things that are dead that you want to enjoy later. I want to see Christianity fully alive now, not kill it and package it so we can look at it on our pantry shelf and admire what we once had. We need alive active Christianity today and now.

Ben said...

It pains me to see many American brothers using the grace that God has given to engage in "culture war" when they could be waging the good warfare. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

One of us Dragonfryes said...

Very well said!