One of the people I follow closely on Facebook is Ed Stetzer who holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. This week he wrote about being “Cultural Engagers” who prophetically speak into the public sphere and testify to the Gospel of Jesus as the true satisfaction for the deepest desires of the human heart. Perhaps the greatest gift you and I have to offer someone we know is indeed to speak prophetically into their lives about where to find “true satisfaction for their deepest desires.”
It has always been the Church’s mission to speak prophetically into the world, but in this highly secularized society in which we live, we find ourselves doing so from the margins. Historically, this is not unfamiliar territory for God’s People, and it reminds us most particularly of the early centuries of the Church. Speaking prophetically from the margins, however, is unfamiliar territory for us and for American Christianity in general; nonetheless, it is now our turn to prophetically speak from the margins to a changing culture with an unchanging message of the Gospel.