Idolatry and the Loss of Proper Orientation

The idolatry of both the common person and the cultural elite results at least in part from losing sight of the proper orientation.  This idolatry places a burden on the idols to come through for us or else suffer the devastating consequences of our collective disappointment.  However, if God’s pleasure and glory are ultimate and our neighbor’s good the penultimate goal, we will engage culture in the way that God has gifted, prepared and called us to do.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 162

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Blurring the Distinction between Saving Grace and Common Grace

In addition to collapsing Christ and his work into the church and its labors, as well as collapsing the age to come into this present age, the transformational emphasis can blur the distinction between saving grace and common grace.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 161

We Need to Recover Our Biblical Bearings

We are not Christians at prayer and pagans at work.  Our biblical convictions shape our approach to all questions of life.  Yet that is precisely why we need to evaluate those convictions.  We need to recover our biblical bearings.  If we mature in our theological convictions and assumptions about the nature of culture, we will begin to see that societies, like churches, are shaped over long periods and through all of the various callings that occupy us every day.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 159

Is Cultural Transformation Possible with These?

I suspect that our obsession of late with cultural transformation in evangelical circles facilitates the thinly “Christianized” versions of ambition, restless innovation, and impatience that actually make any real kind of culture, Christian or otherwise, impossible.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 157

They too Are Called by God

The culture-transforming mission can backfire in the other direction, against those who are in fact called to be novelists, painters, physicists, senators and academics.  They too are called by God to ordinary labors in the common culture that they share with non-Christians.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 156-157