In the previous post, I wrote of how the church is to be a counterculture. This week I finished reading Nancy Pearcey’s recent book, Love Thy Body. After noting how the early church was countercultural within its Greek and Roman contexts, which were contexts “of social chaos that results when sexuality is untethered form marriage and family,” Pearcey challenged the church today. She said, “Christians will once again need to muster their courage to be radically countercultural…they will once again need to be prepared to minister to the victims…wounded by the sexual revolution.” (pg. 190)
She then described what an apologetic, motivated by “profound compassion” as historian Michael Green has said, looks like. Pearcey wrote:
The reason (Christians) speak out on moral issues should not be because their beliefs are being threatened or because they feel “offended.” They should erase the word offended from their vocabulary. After all, Christians are called to share in the offense of the cross. This is not about us.
Christians must make it clear that they are speaking out because they genuinely care about people. No matter how compelling the case for a biblical ethic, people rarely change their minds based on intellectual arguments alone. They are even less likely to change if all they hear is moral condemnation. People must be drawn in by a vision that attracts them by offering a more appealing, more life-affirming worldview. Christians must present biblical morality in a way that reveals the beauty of the biblical view of the human person so that people actually want it to be true. And they must back up their words with actions that treat people with genuine dignity and worth. (pg. 190, emphasis original)