Following on from my post yesterday, I think Andy Crouch hits the nail on the head with this quote:
I wonder what we Christians are known for in the world outside our churches. Are we known as critics, consumers, copiers, condemners of culture? I’m afraid so.
Why aren’t we known as cultivators-people who tend and nourish what is best in human culture, who do the hard and painstaking work to preserve the best of what people before us have done? Why aren’t we known as creators–people who dare to think and do something that has never been thought or done before, something that makes the world more welcoming and thrilling and beautiful?
— Andy Crouch, as quoted in MINEmergent
I really take to that phrase, “people who dare to think and do . . . something that makes the world more welcoming and thrilling and beautiful.” Don’t we all aspire to be the kind of people who strive for this goal? And shouldn’t this also include the Church? After all, making God’s family more “welcome, thrilling and beautiful” would go miles towards actually fulfilling the commission of Jesus.