I really enjoyed this article and it does a good job of summarizing some of the thoughts I have had for awhile.
https://relevantmagazine.com/god/best-w ... Not%20Tell
That’s not to say many dedicated and committed people haven’t worked tirelessly to share the Gospel, engage a nonbelieving culture and work for change. But the goal of restoring Christianity’s influence on culture has largely failed.
Need more proof?
We’ve protested at major movie studios, and the result? Zero.
We’ve boycotted television networks, and the result? Zero.
We’ve criticized stores who don’t encourage employees to say “Merry Christmas,” and the result? Zero.
We’ve publicized lists of corporations that aren’t “faith friendly,” and the result? Zero.
We could go on and on, but you get it. An honest and critical look at the last 50 years in America reveals that Christians as a community really haven’t moved the dial on any moral or cultural issue. Why is that? Why has almost every effort failed?
Maybe it’s because we are trying so hard to influence people.
We haven’t been able to find any real proof that Jesus implemented any of the marketing efforts we’ve used to try to influence the world around us. There’s no evidence that Jesus boycotted anybody, released lists of local companies that weren’t friendly to His message, used the Jews’ buying power to coerce businesses or tried to intimidate the Romans into not occupying Israel. He never sought to rally people to divisive political causes. So maybe it should be no surprise to us that, after decades of those kinds of initiatives, modern Christianity has not only failed to turn things around, but we are actually losing ground.
When we chase influence, nonbelievers see us as being exactly like them, only with a thin veneer of religiosity. To them, we have the appearance of modern-day Pharisees, so they reject what we’re selling. This is exactly why Jesus wasn’t interested in influence as much as He was interested in being an example and showing a better way.
Maybe the problem with Christianity today isn’t a lack of influence.
It’s that we’re chasing it in the first place.