See what Moore’s getting at here? He’s saying that the best way to influence the culture for Christ is to stop trying to “influence the culture for Christ”, but rather to be deeply and thoughtfully Christian, and to allow your countercultural life to be your testimony. – The Religious Right: A Eulogy
I read this long article about a presentation that Russell Moore gave at the First Things Erasmus Lecture. I posted it on Facebook, and a friend David mentioned that “Counter culture living is the best unsaid policy,” and I completely agree. A time is coming when we, as Christians, will be more and more countercultural in our living. We will not even be able to engage well politically because we will be so different from the culture that those in politics will not accept us. I am not necessarily looking forward to the day, because it is nice to live in a culture strongly influenced by Christianity. However, I am looking forward to the time when a Christian life looks obviously different than the cultural norm. Then we will have the opportunity to give a reason for the hope we have and for why we are who we are.
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:13-17