How Can We Have Narnian Faith in a Screwtape World? – page 6

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How Can We Have
Narnian Faith in a
Screwtape World?

by Russell Moore,
President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty
Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

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What we have to keep in mind is the kind of Christian witness that is not fearful of refutation of the world around us, a Christian witness that is willing to be instinctive, is willing to be marginalized, is willing to be thought strange, and sometimes even to be thought dangerous, in order to speak a word to the fifteen-year-old boys and girls who are wondering if Christianity is really just an opiate for the people, if Christianity is just a tool for the politicians or if Christianity is a word from God. A Christianity that can address a world like that cannot rely on the culture outside to do the pre-evangelism of values for us. A Christianity like that cannot count on the culture around us to make church attendance and Christian identity something that is normative. A Christianity that can address a world like that must be the kind of Christianity that recognizes enemy-occupied territory, that recognizes the gradual pull of Screwtape, a Christianity that also speaks to the longing of escaping from enemy-occupied territory through a wardrobe into something else and something better.

That will take courage; that will take conviction; that will take a level of discipleship that is more intensive than that to which we’ve become accustomed, a discipleship that is willing to prepare children from the ages of two- and three-years-old, perhaps even to be martyrs as they go out into the world. But it’s a Christianity that is able to speak to the heart, a Christianity that is able to speak to the mind, and a Christianity that is able to prepare Narnian Christians in a Screwtape age.

 


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Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Prior to his election to this role in 2013, Moore served as provost and dean of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also taught as professor of theology and ethics. He is a frequent cultural commentator and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Moore is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys.

 

 

 
 
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