Tag: the world

"I think we have really hyper-individualized Christianity. We are comfortable with pastors laying out the implications of being a Christian in our personal lives, maybe even our family lives...but not our social lives. When you group people together into communities, such as a neighborhood or national government, for some reason, we tend to keep God out of those arenas today. Why are so many churches scared to tackle social issues like gun violence, education reform, racism, abortion, and so on? Why have we so privatized our Christianity?"
~ Skye Jethani
Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission...but chose not to – because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice.
~ Philip Yancey  
"In the beginning (New Testament times), the church was a gathering of men and women around the person and mission of Jesus. Then it moved to Greece, where the church became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where the church became an institution. Then it moved to Europe, where the church became a culture. And it's finally come to America, where the church has become an enterprise. The reason for this is that as the church has moved throughout the world, it has taken on the forms/structures that were dominant in whatever culture it went. In the early church, the dominant organizing principle of the culture was the household...the family."
~ Richard Halverson
"I believe one of the reasons why so many today are rejecting what Christians have to say is because they sense that a lot of Christian talk nowadays isn't authentic. We as believers today don't do a good enough job of thinking and listening before we speak. We are quick to tell people that 'Jesus is the answer' when we aren't even listening to the questions."
~ Jason Thompson
"My advice to the American church would be simply this: you don't have to be so scared. Sometimes you can lose legislative force and political force, and yet not lose the force of the gospel. Classical historians are still baffled at how the early church completely transformed the Roman Empire with no political or legislative power. Some would venture to say that it was miraculous."
~ John Dickson (an Australian Christian apologist)
"A world full of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world... ...and might be even more difficult to save."
~ C.S. Lewis