Friday is for Other Voices
The following is from Kairos Journal. Oh how we need such steel in the backbone of the leaders of Christ’s Church on earth in these days.
Pastor and theologian Francis Schaeffer always sought to look beyond surface issues to the ideas controlling the actions of the modern age. Moved to describe the situation facing the Church in terms of war, he sought to awaken Christians to the high stakes attached to their everyday lives and the urgent need for action on their part to turn the tide against impending disaster.
Make no mistake. We as Bible-believing evangelical Christians are locked in a battle. This is not a friendly gentleman’s discussion. It is a life and death conflict between the spiritual hosts of wickedness and those who claim the name of Christ . . . It is a conflict on the level of ideas between two fundamentally opposed views of truth and reality. It is a conflict on the level of actions between a complete moral perversion and chaos and God’s absolutes.
But do we really believe that the part we play in the battle has consequences for whether or not men and women will spend eternity in hell? Or whether or not in this life people will live with meaning or meaninglessness? Or whether or not those who do live will live in a climate of moral perversion and degradation? Sadly, we must say that few in the evangelical world have acted as if these things are true. Rather than trumpet our accomplishments and revel in our growing numbers, it would be closer to the truth to admit that our response has been a disaster.1
1. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1984), 31-32.