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February 02, 2012

Against the World


Against the World

When we’re against the world, it’s because we’re for it. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point.

Yesterday, I argued that sometimes Christians are required to go against the world. The late Richard John Neuhaus explained this in a marvelous article I’ve linked at the PointRadio.org. He said that because the mission of God is one of love, we shouldn’t set out to be countercultural. But, we may very well find ourselves counter-cultural, when the culture becomes so counter to the Gospel. That’s an important distinction that flows directly from understanding what the Gospel is all about.

Do you remember those “fact and opinion” exercises from school? Religion is often considered to be “opinion” and not “fact.” But the Bible claims that the Gospel is the Big and True Story of all people and of all history and of all time. It’s a matter of Fact, not opinion.

If that’s true, then taking counter-cultural stands is not about being against people for the sake of being right, it’s about being for people for the sake of the truth. That’s a big difference. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Telling the World Its Own Story
Rev. Richard John Neuhaus | Catholic Education Resource Center


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