Many Christians today feel overwhelmed as they try to live faithfully in a culture that seems increasingly hostile to their beliefs. Politics, marriage, sexuality, religious freedom--with an ever-growing list of contentious issues, believers find it harder than ever to hold on to their convictions while treating their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even family members who disagree with respect and compassion. This isn't just a problem that affects individual Christians; if left unaddressed, the growing gap between the faithful and society's tolerance for public faith will have lasting consequences for the church in America.
Now the bestselling authors of unChristian turn their data-driven insights toward the thorny question of how Christians talk with people they know and love about the most toxic issues of our day. They help today's disciples understand what they believe and why, and how to keep believing it without being judgmental and defensive. Readers will discover the most significant trends that offer both obstacles and opportunities to God's people, and how not only to challenge culture but to create and renew it for the common good. Perhaps most importantly, David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons invite fellow Christians to understand the heart behind opposing views and show them how to be loving, life-giving friends despite profound differences. This will be the go-to book for young adult and older believers who don't want to hide from culture but to engage and restore it.
When Kinnaman, president of research and communications company Barna Group, and Lyons, founder of Christian educational community Q, joined for their 2012bestseller UnChristian, they challenged Christians to realize that Millenials held a largely negative view of their beliefs and actions. Here they pick the conversation back up, providing new research that shows how the tide continues to shift, with increasingly more Americans viewing the exercise of faith in the public square as extreme. Kinnaman and Lyons suggest a path through some of the thorniest issues of the day, discussing such contentious issues as sexuality, marriage, death, race, and prejudice. They advocate that Christians practice "good faith" by examining how well they love, what they believe, and how they live. This, they assert, can provide a way for Christians to hold to their convictions, yet treat those who disagree with respect and compassion. Kinnaman and Lyons once again demonstrate the rigorous and compassionate perspectives needed to effect a dramatic change of course in the conversation about faith and society.
This book challenged me to take a look at how I treat the world and deal, or view, with current issues such as faith, politics, and culture. Definitely worth the read.