Sunday, June 14, 2009

Quote of the Week

"...Christians make a difference in this world by being different from this world; they don't make a difference by being the same."


Jimmy said...

i spent some time recently reading the Savior's farewell discourse (John 13:31 through John 16) and this quote appears to be right in line with what Christ was preparing them for. He was saying in a number of ways that the world will know them as followers of Christ by the way they live their lives. Some will be drawn to Christ and some will hate them.
I personally find this quote a helpful reminder and maybe even a barometer of how I am walking. My flesh wants to not be different, fit in and be liked but, there is no joy in that or love for my non-Christian friends and workmates. When I am living different from the world it is noticeable, God honoring and makes a way for the gospel to go forth. I think this may be a book to buy and read. Have you read the book?

Jimmy said...

Here is an interesting comment about the book from Border's website

This book is an important and necessary reminder that Christians who strive to be relevant end up being redundant, while those who challenge our culture just may change the world--Michael E. Wittmer, Professor of Systematic Theology.

Every Square Inch said...

Jimmy, thanks for your thoughts. I've got 2 books going at the same time - Unfashionable and Culture Making. Both have something to say about how Christians should engage the world around us but they come from slightly different angles.

Too early to say more about Unfashionable - I should be done with it in the next week and I'll let you know then

Craver Vii said...

That quote sounds like it could be commentary on the Sermon on the Mount.

Tchividian said of D. James Kennedy, "He was a man of his time, and I am a man of mine." That quote is one that I wish I knew more about. That could be good or it could be bad. I wonder how long before we learn what nuances lie behind that statement.

Every Square Inch said...

I don't know for sure but I think TT was speaking to the fact that he relates to the culture in a different way from D. James Kennedy might.

My own perspective - Kennedy rose into prominence at a time when the primary dimension with which Christians engaged culture was through politics. That approach also tended to be adversarial and political rather than conversational and persuasive.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Does remind me of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. In Jesus we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. But that in itself makes us unique. And Jesus in that sermon tells us how.