Six months ago RELEVANTMagazine.com published my article “We Need Boring Christians.” They re-published it on the site in December—seems as though was one of the most shared articles on their site for 2011. I had no idea the reception would be that strong. I suppose a nerve was struck.
In this series of posts I am responding to the responders who added their comments in the discussion thread (I know, I am a little late!). Relevant‘s forthcoming print edition for Mar/Apr will have a revision of the original article, so I am blogging about the whole concept to make sure I do not exclude myself from the conversations being generated.
A Complementary Voice vs. an Alternative Voice
First, it is important for us to distinguish between alternative and complementary voices. An alternative voice is one you listen to instead of another. A complementary voice is one you listen to alongside another. My intention in these articles is to offer more of the latter than the former. There are many solid voices out there calling for radical discipleship and global engagement. Wonderful! My message is not designed to replace those exhortations to set sail for distant shores. My message is intended to harmonize more than create dissonance. What I think I am adding to the mix is a call to sobriety about the grim realities of “the nations” we so easily generalize and romanticize. I am also calling for some serious self-evaluation. Plane tickets are easy to come by these days—so easy, in fact, that we often check our luggage before we check our motives. Listen to the call to board, yes…
…as long as you are also listening out for the call to go back home.
More is coming….