Posted by: Chris Avery | November 5, 2008

The Change We Need by T. Brister

T. Brister Quote

I believe we as Christians in America are at a crossroads with this election. On the one hand, there will be the renewed commitment to recruit more culture warriors to fight the fundamentalist battles of old. No doubt, their concerns are warranted. Obama is the most pro-abortion candidate ever to be voted President of the United States. He has also advocated a pro-socialist redistribution of wealth. The judicial system is vulnerable to liberal activism where the issues of sanctity of life, marriage, family, and the freedom of worship will certainly be challenged in the next four years.

On the other hand, I can’t help but think that the Obama presidency will help Christians who happen to be American to open our eyes to our syncretistic views of American Christianity. While the fundamentalist impulse is to retreat into the ghetto, pull out the dispensationalism charts, and check the rapture ready index as a morning devotional, perhaps for the first time Christians will no longer seek to Christianize America but speak prophetically and live missionally in our growingly secular world. Our greatest need is not to fight the battle against the culture but to fight against the battle of unbelief. It is safe to live as functional atheists when we’ve got God in our constitution, on our coins, in the White House, but when the props are removed from us, how shall we then live?

We must learn to live as missionary citizens.

The context of American culture is drastically changing, no doubt. We do need culture warriors–indeed, all of us need to actively stand for the values and virtues derived from our biblical worldview. But I am convinced more than that, we need a Christianity with a gospel that is sufficient, a mission that is dominant, and a Savior who is triumphant. Now is not the time to wallow in the cry, Woe is America!” Now is the time to plead with God, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”


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