The New Legalism

A couple of weeks back, Anthony Bradley commented on what he perceived to be a new legalism: being a “radical, missional Christian.” One of his key points was that people are being shamed because they are not doing anything amazing or extraordinary. It’s probably worth noting that most Christians in history have led rather ordinary, but faithful lives. I think he is on to something here.

At my home, we’ve often had discussions about the assumption that everyone should be a “leader” (particularly an emphasis in higher educational settings). Same sort of dynamic; if you can’t show you’re a leader something is wrong with you. This is a problem for introverts and many others. And if you think about it, most everyone necessarily is not a leader (there have to be more followers than leaders!


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