Two pieces that complement each other. Carl Trueman is spot-on about Christians trying to fit into today’s world, and well, my dad is also spot-on about “the new normal” we find ourselves living in. Same point, well-made from two different angles.
This paragraph is brilliant from Trueman:
You really do kid only yourselves if you think you can be an orthodox Christian and be at the same time cool enough and hip enough to cut it in the wider world. Frankly, in a couple of years it will not matter how much urban ink you sport, how much fair trade coffee you drink, how many craft brews you can name, how much urban gibberish you spout, how many art house movies you can find that redeemer figure in, and how much money you divert from gospel preaching to social justice: maintaining biblical sexual ethics will be the equivalent in our culture of being a white supremacist.
What we desperately need is not a “new normal.” We need an unashamed return to the biblical values that helped to shape this country long ago. We need a return to God as Redeemer – the God who can take a renegade, broken-down culture and heal it, put it back together, and restore a God-designed normalcy. We need a return to the truth that actually sets people free – free from the tyranny of sin whether that sin is pride, selfishness, greed or homosexuality.
Amen and amen.