Several years ago, I was speaking at a conference for college students. After my talk, I was asked, “What are the most important things that Christian college students should learn while they are in school?" I don’t remember what I said. I’m not great on the spot, so I imagine my answer was generic and only marginally helpful. But I have thought about that question a lot over the years. And now I have an answer.
Our city doesn’t need more enormous, mono-ethnic churches. Our country doesn’t, either. What our neighbors need are churches who can show what it looks like when the gospel saves diverse people, brings them together, and unites them in a faith community.
If the Scriptures are the lens through which we understand reality, we should be struck by how consistently God shapes his people through proclaiming to them their limitations. From the Garden to the Wilderness to the Great Commission, God forms his people by declaring their finitude.
Our culture may be post-Christian, but that’s no reason for us to flinch. Instead, it’s time for us to put our mouthpiece in, bite down, and be gentle aggressors. After all, didn’t Jesus live as a gentle aggressor for you?
Our job is to continue Jesus’ work of renewing creation from “dog-eat-dog” to “doggy-dog.” We do this by living as the coming attraction of the kingdom of God. And we do this by working as instruments of this kingdom’s advancement on earth.