Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"faithful presence"...

Thanks to folks like Sociologist James Davison Hunter and Pastor Tim Keller, I have been thinking lately (ok, ok, for about 2 years) about what it looks like for Christians to impact the City and Culture around them. There is a wide divergence of opinion on what the role of the Christian should be (i.e.-political action such as the 'religious right' or 'socialist left' or movements such as changing culture through generational influence, or others that say "let's purify ourselves from and remove ourselves from culture altogether). While these may have certain advantages, I wonder if the idea of being a "faithful presence" within city and culture are the key. Being faithful in avoiding the passions of the world among a lost and dying culture, as well as living lives of influence by living Biblical marriages for example (not just saying we believe in them) and being the first to sacrifice for the poor, the orphan and the widow...and on the list could go.

Hunter & Keller use this phrase 'faithful presence'. James Hunter and Tim Keller do a much better job teaching this, but for me, as I reflect on this, I begin to wonder, if every Christian were a "faithful presence" instead of simply a "faithful bullhorn", what would culture look like?

We are after all in the millennial reign of Jesus Christ right now...