Today I wish to direct your attention to a post by Anthony Bradley at the Acton Institute PowerBlog, entitled “The New Legalism: Missional, Radical, Narcissistic, and Shamed“. In this post Bradley looks at the missional and radical movements in present-day evangelicalism and examines their roots.
Bradley contends that the roots of this phenomenon are largely cultural: A generation ago, Baby Boomers pushed back against the safe suburban lifestyle that their parents’ generation had created for them, along with the moralistic preaching and emphasis on being good that was rife in the Christianity of that day. Now, the Baby Boomers are in charge and the pendulum has swung the other way. They have forsaken the suburbs for the city (Wasn’t Jesus all about cities?). They abhor the idea of an ordinary life or an ordinary Christian life in the suburbs, and the antidote is a Christianity that is all about living in the city, loving the poor who live in the city, dreaming big and doing huge things for the glory of God. No longer is it acceptable to simply live in the suburbs; you have to be living in the city, loving and serving with reckless abandon, and doing huge things for the glory of God. The millennials coming up behind them heard all of this, and they may be pushing back.
Please read: “The New Legalism: Missional, Radical, Narcissistic, and Shamed” by Anthony Bradley.