:: Monday, November 15, 2004 ::
Dr. Christopher Wright (of John Stott Ministries) was the main speaker at All-Campus Worship this semester. His sermon was on "A Call to Radical Christian Distinctiveness."
Truth be told, I was a bit wary of what he might say to us. But my fears were quickly allayed when he began to speak first from Leviticus and then from Matthew 5:13, ff.: "you are the salt of the earth... you are the light of the world..."
Instead of doing what I see as more typical, that is, encouraging a Christian "goal-line stand," Dr. Wright said, "of course the world's going to be dark and rotten! That's its natural tendency. But it's not really the world's fault that it gets that way: any house will, during the course of the day, get dark. But that's not the house's fault. It's the job of the light to illumine it. Any piece of meat, left to itself outside in the sun, will go rotten. That's not the meat's fault. It's the job of the salt to preserve it."
Instead of belligerant conservative evangelicalism - "you've got to fight to keep this society from going down hill - call your senators," - Dr. Wright proposed that actually following Jesus would salt and light the world in a much more radical way.
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