I haven’t finished Brandon Hatmaker’s book, Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture, but as soon as I do I will write a review. In the meantime here is another challenging quote that forces us to think about what it means to be church.
“Faith can be confusing enough without adding to the mix. Sorting through an unexpected death, processing a tragic natural disaster, or observing evil in the world are things that have shaken individuals’ faith for centuries. People outside the church don’t see hope in a building or a program. They don’t value them like we do because they don’t connect them with a nostalgic faith moment like we do. Culture has shifted. Things have changed. The church is on the fringe of our society, and we need to find new ways to undo the damage to our reputation. We have to change the way we are seen by the world. We have to become good news again.”
Hatmaker, Brandon (2011-11-01). Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture (Exponential Series). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
The question is……how do we make a better impact on the world? We most certainly won’t do it by catering to what the world wants. Don’t you think? We need to be aggressive Christians: proclaiming the gospel to those who are unsaved: even to those who claim to be saved but aren’t really on the straight and narrow way. We should also start taking back the various fields that the unbelievers dominate in. This doesn’t mean that we will become popular….it may even bring persecution: but we should suffer all things for the sake of Christ. In fact, in my opinion, if Christians would stop truckling to the world and would start standing up for what they believe we will start gaining victories over the World, the flesh, and the Devil……and they will start persecuting us as a result. However, as some have said, ‘the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church’