Friday, July 5, 2013

Wake up evangelicals: It's time to change the culture, not politics

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An insightful piece by John S. Dickerson on the state of American Evangelism and the recent rulings on DOMA and Prop 8.

John is the author of the book “The Great Evangelical Recession: 6 Factors that Will Crash the American Church…and How to Prepare”[vii] and senior pastor of Cornerstone in Prescott, Arizona.

The repeal of DOMA proves that political involvement–useful as it may have once been—cannot stop the change of culture. It is a straw thrust into the churning wheel of the people’s will. We can raise funds, lobby, place politicians. We can even pass laws like DOMA. But a democratic republic is designed to execute the will of the people. And—as imperfect as this democracy may be—if Americans want same-sex marriage, they will have same-sex marriage.

 Our divine calling is not to constrain unbelievers with human laws, but to free them from “the law of sin and death,” by proclaiming Christ. The fall of DOMA demonstrates the end of investing too much into political involvement. More importantly, it proclaims to even the deafest of ears that the church is failing to influence ordinary Americans at-large.

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