Monday, September 13, 2010

How prophetic should we be?

I have this book sitting on my shelf that I can't wait to get to. Ok, I have a dozen or so books on my shelf that I can't wait to get to when I'm done with the Independent Study I'm doing now. The one I'm referring to is by Jason Stellman (not Jason Statham). The book,Dual Citizens: Worship and Life Between the Already and the Not Yet, unpacks life in the two kingdoms. If you have followed this blog, you've seen how, over the past few years, I've grown incredibly uncomfortable with the transformationalist approach to Christianities involvement with culture, as summed up in the motto of my alma mater - "transforming the world through Christ." In exactly which direction should we be striving to transform it? Who's version of a transformed culture are we using as our blueprint? Is that really a part of the great commission or is that what Christ will do at the end of the age?

Well, Stellman puts his finger on my discomfort with the transformationalist model in his great post. If you like sarcasm, you'll love it! Here's a preview:

"You can’t have it both ways, ladies and gentlemen—if you want your minister to be prophetic, then you don’t get to first sign off on precisely which injustices he’ll address, and whose innocent lives he’ll rebuke American society for killing."

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