Yesterday RELEVANT Magazine wrote an article, “10 Challenges Facing Us in the Next Decade” and so here are my reflections.
First, if this article bears any weight on the future of Christians in America, then it is very obvious that we will need to focus on the re-structuring of our social impact, political affiliation, and narrow pro-life focus.
This is what I mean: issues like the technologies, upholding marriages within the church, poverty, health-care, abortion, immigration, gun control, and evangelism- will have to be considered through a processing of Scripture, with a concern for the common good of others, and the current events that bring their own issues to the table.
Our change in who we are politically affiliated with should not be about requiring or expecting people to vote as Democrats or Republicans. As Dharius Daniels said, “Christians must reclaim the conversation and refuse to allow our voices to be minimized and held hostage by political camps.” The church should take responsibility for some of the areas that the government has since decided are their jobs to supply solutions for. Lets take these jobs away from the government because of the generosity and drive of Christians to feed the poor, revitalize communities, and be involved in the solutions to end evil things like racism, sex trafficking, and abortion- not just as Christians- but as people who are interested in ensuring liberty and justice for all.
Lastly, we must expand our narrow pro-life focus. Abortion is not the only issue that is worthy of our pro-life beliefs. In fact, if we are going to be against abortion and say we are pro-life, we must have a consistent pro-life ethic that stands up against things like the death penalty, the outrageous military spending of our country, gun violence, and homelessness. I like how Shane Claiborne put it:
The culture wars of our parents have left us polarized by party platforms and paralyzed between imperfect options. There is no Life Party, but maybe one is emerging. Convinced that every human life is breathed upon by God and stamped with God’s image, we are on the cusp of a new movement of Christians who insist on protecting life in all its dazzling forms. It is a movement we have already begun but one whose work I hope we can finish out.