The New Legalism

Is “missional” a new legalism? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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Dr. Anthony Bradley of the Kings College in New York hit a nerve with a recent post at the Acton Institute blog by suggested that young Christians today are smothered with a new legalism: “…many young adults,” he said, “feel ashamed if they ‘settle’ into ordinary jobs, get married early and start families, live in small towns, or as 1 Thessalonians 4:11 says, ‘aspire to live quietly, and to mind [their] affairs, and to work with [their] hands.’”

The new focus on being radical and missional can give young Christians the impression that the only way to be obedient is to do something big to “change the world.”

And some will do radical things to change the world. But all of us are called to everyday faithfulness: at home, at work, in cities and in suburbs. Eugene Peterson, borrowing ironically from Frederich Nietzsche called this  “a long obedience in the same direction.” And faithfulness on any scalelarge or smallstarts there. Come to for a link to Bradley’s insightful piece. I’m John Stonestreet.

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Further Reading

The New Legalism: Missional, Radical, Narcissistic, and Shamed
Acton Powerblog | Anthony Bradley | May 1, 2013