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February 06, 2012

Against the World, Part 2

Sometimes we must speak and act, but we must do it well.   I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point.

I’ve been talking about how Christians will find themselves at odds with culture – not because we want to, but because at times truth demands it. Dietrich Bonhoeffer found himself in that place as the Nazis seized power. He concluded that to not act would be to act and to not speak would be to speak.

He’s not alone. William Wilberforce found himself in that place as well – compelled to speak and act to confront cultural injustices and immoralities. So, if we must be counter-cultural, how should we do it?

We must propose, not impose. What does that mean? It means that the goal of our engagement is not to win, it’s to be faithful to Christ and His Kingdom. It means that people are not the enemy; ideas are – lies that violate the truth about people and this world. And, it means we must be thoughtful and winsome, and not reactionary. These traits characterize the Manhattan Declaration. If you haven’t read and signed it, I’ve linked to it at For the Point, I’m John Stonestreet.

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