I don’t know how many times I think I can say this, but Christians just need to get rid of the words “Missional” and “relevance” out of their vocabulary. Seriously. If I may wax Stanley Hauerwas, the church is not called to be relevant, the most political thing that it can do is be the church first and foremost. Now, exactly what does that mean, what does that look like? We can have a conversation about that. But what’s not up for debate for Christians is following Christ’s Great Commandment, to love the Lord Your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and body, and love your neighbor as yourself. Also, the whole language of intentionality is questionable at best, prioritizing intent over and against faithfulness.
Jeremy said it best:
“That people can even be of service is a function of being parts of the one body of Christ. The question is whether we actually value all the body parts equally, or if my bad back is thought of as a waste. The burden that Piper and his ilk put on individual Christians is overwhelming, and I think a function of addressing masses of individualistic Americans (me) instead of anything resembling an ekklesia. I don’t actually have an average, ideal description of a Christian. I HAVE A CHURCH. When we forget that, we get into the kind of exhausting millennial/genx obsession with being special and how we have to make a huge difference in order to be significant. If you add Christianity to that you get descriptions of the Christian life that are almost impossible to maintain without fetishizing experience and potency. If you add politics to that you get empire.”
- PJ contributor and writer Jeremy McLellan on facebook.
Dr. Anthony Bradley says it best:
“Being a “radical,” “missional,” Christian is slowly becoming the “new legalism.” We need more ordinary God and people lovers (Matt 22:36-40).”
Please read and share his article: The New Legalism: Missional, Radical, Narcissistic and Shamed