Christendom is in a bad way. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe the Church herself is radiant, blameless, and a spotless bride prepared for her groom. The true Church is doing just fine. However, Christendom, as a whole, is not doing so hot. Case in point: within the last week or so, I’ve hear two prominent Christian artists come out in support of gay marriage, one Christian artist declare that their marriage is over, and Rob Bell was interviewed by Oprah and when asked to define God, He squeaked out a pathetically vague answer that would make the Westminster Divines to blush. Further, two influential evangelical leaders (Bill Gothard and Doug Philips) are in the midst of, shall we say, kerfuffles of their own (involving maidens, money and abuse of power).
We live in a generation where backbone is needed. Those who would truly serve Jesus Christ will need to be less like Shirley Temple receiving an Academy Award and more like Aragorn marching on the Black Gates of Mordor, likely to his death. Our Enemy isn’t conceding anything, so why are we? Indeed, why are we conceding not merely inches, but miles of territory to a foe who is beaten. [Read more…] about The Needed Backbone