What the 21st century needs, particularly in our American context, are not better policies, programs, and governmental support and funding...though all that can be good. What the 21st century needs is the church. Not the church as an institution and not the church as a place where people go. But the 21st century needs a group of Christ-followers will come together in the name of Jesus to say:
--We refuse to follow the gods and powers of this world. We will not bow to them. We will not be controlled by them. Jesus is our Lord.
--We will live as people committed to pray. Not just the phrases that have stuck with us, "Guideguarddirect" or "Forgive us our many sins" or "please be with Sister Tori's sister whose friend from the beauty salon is going to the dentist this week." What we need are people who will come together to get on their hands and knees in order to pray for the Kingdom of God to come. We need people who will pray for Christ to be formed in every heart and mind.
--We need people who will be people of justice--Pray for justice. Work for justice. Fight for justice.
--We need people who will refuse to be defined by American values and principles. There is an enormous difference between people who see themselves as American Christians and people who see themselves as Christians who just happen to be American. (more on this in a few days)
--We need people who will refuse to be pew-Christians. Christianity cannot be lived within the 4 walls of the church. The church must exist in the community. We need to follow Jesus as the one who "became flesh and moved in among us."
What would you add?