I wish I was smart enough to write this article. I am, however, smart enough to share it. Steve McAlpine succinctly critiques the old “gospel/culture” discussions and captures that current state of affairs in his article. Excerpt and link to full article below.
Second Stage exiles do not place their hope in a city here, be it Athens or Babylon, but seek a city that is to come (Hebrews 13). Second Stage Exiles do not need the approval of the culture, neither do they need to provoke the culture in order to feel good about themselves. No, true exiles can live out their time in exile with confidence, love and hope because they trust in him “who is able to keep [them] from stumbling and to present [them] before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.” (Jude 1:24).
Christian, Second Stage Exile is coming. Are you ready for it?