The question regarding how to engage with culture, specifically one that is spiraling towards a postmodern secularism, has been an enquiry that many passionate young Christians have asked. It seems as though the phase “world changer” has been spreading like wild fire specifically among the young adults in the church and high Christian education. This quest to change the world and redefine the church’s mission has Christian college student on the edge of their seats and egger to graduate and enter the mission field. In this book To Change the World by James Davison Hunter, he begins to unpack and present a compelling argument asking people to truly understand the implication of trying to be a “world changer”.
Hunter abruptly reveals the flaws in this phase by simply inferring that the world cannot be changed nor should be changed. There is no doubt that phase such as “world changer” or “transforming tomorrow today” are catchy and inspiring, but as Hunter reveals many Christians do not understand the philosophical and practical applications of these phrase. This transformationlist way of viewing vocation can be very detrimental to society as well as the church. As Hunter engages in this conversation be he induces some thought provoking arguments that I believe all Christians should be aware of.
In this book Hunter provides historical investigations that bring fourth both sociological and theological consideration of the implication of world changing. Hunter discusses that many idealistic young evangelicals believe that if they can change a person’s mind and heart through a conversion to Christianity then they can change society and culture as a whole, but as we see throughout scripture as well as historical accounts this arg...
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Reading this book allowed me to find a sense of comfort it's fact that God is not calling me to change the world but rather to use the gifts and talents he as given me to worship him. Being a Christians in not about changing the world or preserving the social well being of all, it is about giving glory and honor to our Creature and allow other to see the light or Jesus. Who are we to say that “Christ’s victory over the principalities and powers of oppressive institutions” was insufficient? When Jesus came to dwell among he not only radically changed culture but eternity, as we know it. His death and resurrection change every aspect of culture and continues to impact the world today.
Hunter, James Davison. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. New York: Oxford UP, 2010. Print.