By remaining faithful to its original commission, by serving its people with love, especially the poor, the lonely, and the dispossessed, and by not surrendering its doctrinal steadfastness, sometimes even the very contradiction of culture by which it serves as a sign, surely the Church serves culture best. – Walker Percy
Many times we as Christians wonder how we can affect the world. There is a temptation always to become more like the world in order to appeal to it. Now there is always value in seeking to appeal to, persuade, be understood by the culture around us. But it is something different to “be” the Church in the world. What if what the world needs is for the Church to be the Church?
By faithfulness, by love, by stubbornness, by being (even controversially) different is how the Church serves the world.