Called to Speak ‘Freakish’ Truth

Ben Stevens | September 25, 2014

In a recent interview, Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said:

Christians need to start seeing that we find ourselves in a position very similar to the one the Christian church was in in the very beginning of its existence, as a minority of people speaking to the larger culture in ways which are going to sometimes seem freakish to that larger culture. I don't think that's anything that should panic us . . . but it's a realistic view of who we are.

What do you do when your beliefs start sounding "freakish" to people around you? That's the dilemma of 21st-century Christian rhetoric. Like Russell Moore, I don't think the situation is going to get easier anytime soon, so we should be thinking hard about the fundamental posture we take when presenting our convictions to the outside world.

As far as I can see, those speaking up for Christianity in the public square today usually rely on one of three approaches. The three differ from each other dramatically, and everything we say is colored by the approach we choose. Let me introduce them briefly and tell you which…

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