The Future of Christianity

How rising Christian leaders are rethinking their mission and remaking the world.

BY: Gabe Lyons

 

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This way of thinking manifests itself in people like my friend Shannon, an attorney who has devoted her life to fighting genocide and prosecuting war criminals. It is evident in Jason, Bobby, and Laren who made a documentary to raise awareness about childhood tragedies in Northern Uganda. Or a girl I met in Georgia who is mobilizing her church to serve the needs of the immigrant poor in a nearby trailer park. These and thousands more like them represent a whole generation that is saying, “Enough! This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be!”

As Andy Stanley writes in Visioneering, “visions are born in the soul of a man or woman who is consumed with the tension between what is and what could be. Visions form in the hearts of those who are dissatisfied with the status quo.”

Rising Christian leaders are consumed with this tension and fed up with the status quo. They are tired of global poverty, disease epidemics, malnutrition, rampant drug addiction, racial discrimination, and other atrocities that ruin so many lives unnecessarily. They want a world where enmity is removed, injustice overturned, rightness reigns, and the story of Jesus Christ is declared among the nations. These Christians are living in the tension between what is and what ought to be, and setting the stage for a radically different kind of Christianity.

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