How should Christians live in a culture that increasingly views our faith as bigoted, immoral, and even dangerous?
We have a culture question from a pastor who asks this: “Pastor John, hello! In a recent TGC podcast, Sam Allberry said the following about campus outreach ministry: ‘People have often thought Christianity was a bit quaint, you know? “There, there — you’ve got your little faith kind of thing.” But increasingly, what we’re seeing in a more secular context is people actually saying to us, “Your faith is a danger to society.” And that’s a new space for us. And we’re used to being looked down on and slightly patronized. I don’t think we’re used to feeling like we are the enemy. People used to say, “I don’t like Christianity because it’s too moral.” Now, they’re saying, “I don’t like Christianity because it’s too immoral.” And whether it’s people saying Christianity is responsible for gay teenagers committing suicide, or for fostering intolerance, those arguments carry far more emotional force than some of the previous objections I would have dealt with ten or fifteen years ago.’
“So here’s my question, Pastor John. Christianity started out as a powerful minority voice in culture. But at times in history, and today in America, Evangelicalism is a major cultural voice and possibly a deciding factor in the 2020 presidential election. So how do we respond as the tide turns and we hear criticisms coming our way that American Christianity is a bully, using its political and social sway for ends that the world says are mean, immoral, and even hateful?”