Die Zeitschrift Christianity Today hat mit James Davison Hunter gesprochen. Wie bereits an anderer Stelle erwähnt (siehe hier), unterstellt Hunter einer Theologie, die meint, durch ›Relevanz‹ die Gesellschaft transformieren zu können, ein naives Kulturverständnis. »Populismus bestimmt das amerikanische Christentum, besonders innerhalb des Evangelikalismus.«
Hunter fordert die Christen auf, treu in der Welt ›anwesend‹ zu sein.
All the paradigms speak to authentic biblical concerns. Yet the desire to be relevant to the world has come at the cost of abandoning distinctiveness. The desire to be defensive against the world is rooted in a desire to retain distinctiveness, but this has been manifested in ways that are, on one hand, aggressive and confrontational, and, on the other, culturally trivial and inconsequential. And the desire to be pure from the world entails a withdrawal from active presence in huge areas of social life. In contrast to these paradigms, the desire for faithful presence in the world calls on the entire laity, in all vocations—ordinary and extraordinary, »common« and rarefied—to enact the shalom of God in the world. Christians need to abandon talk about »redeeming the culture,« »advancing the kingdom,« and »changing the world.«
Such talk carries too much weight, implying conquest and domination. If there is a possibility for human flourishing in our world, it does not begin when we win the culture wars but when God’s word of love becomes flesh in us, reaching every sphere of social life. When faithful presence existed in church history, it manifested itself in the creation of hospitals and the flourishing of art, the best scholarship, the most profound and world-changing kind of service and care—again, not only for the household of faith but for everyone. Faithful presence isn’t new; it’s just something we need to recover.
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