Last month, I laid out four of the biggest challenges facing the church in the West. Polarization made that list, and in two recent articles (here and here), I’ve sought to unearth some of the reasons why our society has become increasingly fragmented, and to lay the groundwork for how the church might respond.
I remember how dark it looked inside. It was mid-morning. The sun was hot in the sky, and my skin felt it, but the tomb looked cold, as if it had been robbed of it’s purpose. As my eyes adjusted, I saw the linens. And that was it. Nothing else.
When I go to work each morning, my job is to help create Christian content for the internet. I facilitate the creation and posting of videos, blog posts, and other kinds of material that is purposed to encourage others with the Good News of the gospel. Is social media made for such weighty, eternal matters? Can tweets or Facebook videos bear the burden of the gospel message?
These phrases about tearing down walls and wide-open tables in the church have hints of truth, which makes the precarious lie hidden beneath them so much more difficult to detect. Jesus did invite all to believe (John 3:16), but he also gave warnings for us to consider seriously.
This is true of everyone. But as Christians, we “wait” differently. Our sense of “waiting” is unique from our culture, because our perspective is unique from our culture. Here are four specific uniquenesses of Christian waiting.
In the Bible Belt, you’ll find a variety of “Christs” that are projected from the pulpit and from the people, and the version put forward is typically tethered to the culture of the church. Legalistic and ungracious churches present a Jesus that’s just like them. And churches that are lax toward holiness and are liberal toward the exclusivity of the gospel will present a Jesus that’s just like them too. But the real Jesus crushes our boxes.
The Gospel Project’s editorial team contributed to this post. Photo: Pixabay