Came across this quote today from the book UnChristian, written by David Kinnaman (President of the Barna Group – www.barna.org) and Gabe Lyons (founder of the Fermi Project – www.fermiproject.com).

“Being salt and light demands two things: we practice purity in the midst of a fallen world and yet we live in proximity to this fallen world.  If you don’t hold up both truths in tension, you invariably become useless and separated from the world God loves. For example, if you only practice purity apart from proximity to the culture, you inevitably become pietistic, separatist and conceited. If you live in close proximity to the culture without also living in a holy manner, you become indistinguishable from fallen culture and useless in God’s Kingdom“. 

Does this resonate with the struggle between Buster, Boomer, X, Y, Modern, PostModern, Emergent, Emerging, Christian, Non?

Lord, help me not to become separatist or indistinguishable to the community, but to actually be the salt and light you have called me to be; in the world but not of it

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