One of the conclusions that I came to in looking at all of these negative perceptions - hypocritical, judgmental, sheltered, too political - is that they seem to be reflections of an American church that's had dominance for several centuries. The very early church would not be thought of as hypocritical, judgmental, anti-sinner, and too political. They would've been thought of as a fringe group, a cult, fanatics, and revolutionaries, and so there's something about the reflection that young people are providing to us about the culture today that ought to wake us up...Maybe we haven't looked at the heart of transforming people's ways of living and haven't though about how we can serve the culture rather than demanding our rights as American Christians.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Dave Kinnaman on the Perception of the Church in the US
Dave Kinnaman (along with Gabe Lyons) wrote the book UnChristian which examines our society's attitude toward evangelicals. He was interviewed in Rev! magazine and had this to say about looking at the church from an outsider's perspective.