For much of my life, I held the opinion that Christians were wise to keep their noses out of matters of state and culture. After all, Planet Earth, along with its unsavory inhabitants, is headed to hell in a handbag. A literal hell, with flames and tears and gnashing teeth.
Therefore, we should spend our limited time wisely, plucking souls from the gas-soaked Louis Vuitton before the match is lit, moving as many people as possible from lost to found.
What is the point of pushing social and political change in light of the reality of hell, to make the ride a little more comfortable?
How valuable is a vote or a tiny carbon footprint when eternity is crouching around the corner? Christians should be planting churches, not running for office or helping Al Gore combat Global Warming. Right?
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was operating from an Either/Or worldview, either focus on the culture or focus on God’s kingdom. But much of the faith experience—much of life in general—is actually Both/And.
Grace and Truth.
Justice and Mercy.
The Here-And-Now and The Hereafter.
John Piper says that “Christians tend to be in two camps: Caring only about suffering now or caring only about suffering in eternity.”
Sadly, for years I proudly pitched my tent at Camp Eternity—not that Camp Now is a better alternative.
Ignoring eternity to clean up the present is like dressing someone up for a car wreck.
So, what is the proper approach? Read More…
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