OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

“So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, ‘Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects” (Acts 17:22).

For the greater part of American history, church and culture benefitted from a symbiotic relationship. They were the strangest of bedfellows…no one really caring what the church preached as long as it was “Americanized.” Thus, the church was an accepted institutional presence; we were “insiders.” Our steeples beckoned the masses to come…and they did. Unfortunately, the result was we became keepers of the aquarium. Today, such is no longer the case, and we, like the Apostle Paul before the Athenians, are on the outside looking in. We have become a counter-cultural presence; pushed to the margins; voices crying in the wilderness.  Finally, we must once again become fishers of men.

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