Advance or Retreat?
BreakPoint June 15, 2010
Can you imagine being suspended from work for walking out on a homosexual sensitivity training session? Or for saying “God bless you” on the job? What would your church do if it were forced by a law to hire practicing homosexuals?
Well, just ask Christians in Britain. Because this is what they are facing. As one British religious freedom lawyer told CBN News, “There’s been a massive move by the secularist lobby to privatize religion. You can have faith . . . just make it private. It can’t affect what you do in the public square.” And unless American Christians wake up, she warns, “This is all coming to America.”
It sure is. We’ve already seen it in our courts, and I’ve warned many times on this program that the gay “marriage” agenda is a direct assault on religious freedom.
For all of the past 18 years on BreakPoint, my message has been simple. Politics is just an expression of culture. So long as we continue to lose the culture, we’re going to lose politically. But the great moments in church history have been when Christians have gotten engaged. And as a result of their work, the culture was transformed.
Well, there is a new book out now, which is getting a lot of play. The author singles me out, critical of my message that we should be trying to change the culture. It’s getting favorable reviews from theologians and scholars. The author suggests that we just take a break from the political wars, and simply be a faithful presence wherever we are. I can’t imagine a worse idea for the times we live in. As you know from the Manhattan Declaration and other things I’ve pushed hard, I believe Christians must speak out more clearly and more persistently today than ever before.
Now, you hear from me every day. Well, I need to hear from you. Is anybody listening when I do these broadcasts? I really want to know whether this message that I have been preaching for 18 years is getting across. Are you getting it? Is your church getting it?
So I’m starting something on BreakPoint today that I urge you to take part in. It’s called “Speak Out with Chuck.” Go to BreakPoint.org or ColsonCenter.org, look for “Speak Out with Chuck,” and tell me what’s going on in your church. Is my message on BreakPoint making a difference? Is it getting through? Please give me some examples.
Tell me whether you think this is the right time for the church to be engaged and speaking out about the issues. Could the writer of this new book be right? That we should simply sit back and take care of ourselves and the church? That is totally contrary to my theology, but I really want to know what the reaction is in the church.
And tell me the kind of resources you feel you and your church need to be better equipped if you are committed to defend the truth in the public square.
I need to hear from you. I promise you I will see every comment at “Speak Out with Chuck.” And on coming radio broadcasts, I’ll respond to many of those comments.
This is your chance to get started and get engaged—and we don’t want to stop there. I’m a great believer that societies are changed from the bottom up. By movements. The vital work of God has always been accomplished by people engaged at the grass roots, networking with one another.
So please let me hear from you. Go to BreakPoint.org or ColsonCenter.org, and “Speak Out with Chuck.”
There is little from this BreakPoint entry that suggests that you have read with care James Hunter’s To Change the World as you completely distort his point.
Hunter writes that our current over reliance on politics and the coercive power of the state to achieve our own agenda has created a situation where Christian political rhetoric is Nietzschean in character. He does not call for a disengagement from public life, rather an engagement based on self-sacrificing, incarnational compassion for the common good rather than self-serving, arms-length coercion for our own tribe. Nowhere does Hunter say, “Sit back and take care of ourselves and the church.” Rather he says, following God’s guidelines to the Jews in Babylon, get engaged in the Babylonian institutions for your flourishing is dependent on their flourishing. This is the opposite of what you claim that he has said. Best check your sources and do your own reading.
For a thorough consideration of this conversation, in which you are an important participant, please see www.faithfulpresence.com, where a number of comments and reviews, including your own in Christianity Today, are assembled.
Hunter’s point is that the public square is more than political and that our response to public issues must be more than political. Put simply, the cross is being obscured by the flag. The price is the gospel.
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[Reprinted with permission of John Seel.]