Magazine article Anglican Journal

Blessed Are the Troublemakers

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Blessed Are the Troublemakers

Article excerpt

FOR MANY CENTURIES, the church has considered itself the religious aspect of the larger society. Entrance in the church was entrance into society and vice versa. Everyone was to live in harmony with the larger pattern of life in what was thought to be a Christian society. Fitting in with the expectations of civil society was an unquestioned norm. This approach reached its height, it would seem, in the 1950s, the last great period of growth and influence for the church in North America.

That isn't the way Jesus did it. He didn't seem to fit in at all-not socially, not religiously and not financially. And though Jesus clearly wanted us to live a righteous life, if his example is any indication, keeping your nose clean in the larger society wasn't high on his list.

If this is a Christian society, it really makes sense that we would fit in. The problem is, it isn't, and to fit in is to pursue a way of life that--especially in terms of its subservience to financial goals--seems at odds with gospel faith. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.