A moderated discussion with Tri Robinson, Chris Seay, Dave Kinnaman, and Gabe Lyons, on Kinnaman’s & Lyon’s new book unChristian.
- Why does our revelation to others that we’re Christians bring such rejection?
- unChristian set out to scientifically document perceptions of and attitudes towards Christians. Over 10,000 interviews were conducted.
- Top perceptions: Anti-gay, Judgmental, Hypocritical, Sheltered, Too political, Proselytizers
- NonChristians 16-29 years old are 8x less favorable about Christians than their Boomer parents
- unChristian is not an opinion poll to see how we should act… we still have the Bible for that.
- “We’re not hated for righteousness, but for self-righteousness.” Dave Kinnaman (DK)
- “On ‘Oh, this is nothing but media bias…’: Research shows that 16-29 y/o’s have 5 Christian friends, 6 months experience among a church community, a majority have at least considered what it means to follow Christianity, etc. They’ve been up close and personal and have some very real things to say.” Gabe Lyons (GL)
- “They have personal stories to back up their perceptions of Christians as hypocritical, shallow, etc.” (DK)
- “This generation is slipping away from us. If we sit back and assume our world’s going to Hell, and just leave it alone… well, we just can’t be like that.” (GL)
- There’s been a surge of people identifying themselves as ‘Christ-followers’ and other similar terms, instead of ‘Christian’. “We need to be redeeming the term ‘Christian’, showing all the things we’re for.” (DK)
- If Jesus were physically among us again, “his focus would not be on morality… it would be on God and the Creator. If you focus on morality, Romans ultimately tells you you won’t get morality. unChristian is not despair of where we’re at, but hope of where we can be.” Chris Seay (CS)
- “Before we’re gonna change our culture, we’ve gotta change our own hearts.” Tri Robinson (TR)
- “It’s wrong to preach a message about social justice or giving water or feeding the poor without providing an outlet for people to go and put it into action. We need a path to run on and it’s the role of the church to provide that path.” (TR)
- “Christians today are waiting for their leaders to say its ok to care for the environment.” (TR)
- “It comes down to our character. So far, the right answers have produced the wrong character. We have to own some of that.” (CS)
- “In those perceptions are tremendous opportunities. They [nonChristians] are smart & savvy. They do remember. They’re begging for chances and deep conversations to wrestle with their doubts. They’re absolutely waiting to be awakened to God’s purposes. They could change the world, we just have to get out of the way.” (DK)
- “Spirituality is at an all-time high, but they’re not finding it in Christianity. It’s not just an image problem. It’s not that you have to five yup the truth. You just have to hold it in tension as you engage people that are different than us, that are anti-us.” (GL)
- “I feel that there is a major major trend coming. Let’s talk about the things we agree on. There are so many organizations that are on the same page that don’t know each other exist. Let’s draw the gifting into one place.” (TR)
- “They don’t recognize the ‘fruits of the Spirit’ in Christians. The generation is skeptical of us. What will we do? Will we hole up? Do we draw a line in the sand? How could we embody that grace and truth that Jesus tells us he is?” (DK)
Posted in Culture, Kingdom on Earth, Quotable
Tagged Catalyst 2007, Catalyst Conference, Character, Chris Seay, Dave Kinnaman, Envoronmentalism, Gabe Lyons, Media Bias, Morality, Perceptions of Christianity, Self-righteousness, Skepticism, Spirituality, Tri Robinson, unChristian