Cultural Language 101 for Christians

James Davison Hunter:

…we need a new language for how the church engages the culture. It is essential, in my view, to abandon altogether talk of—

  • redeeming the culture
  • advancing the kingdom
  • building the kingdom
  • transforming the world
  • reclaiming the culture
  • reforming the culture
  • changing the world

Christians need to leave such language behind them because it carries too much weight. It implies conquest, take-over, or dominion, which in my view is precisely what God does not call us to pursue….

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, p.  280 [Reformatted for readability]