When I Read This, It Stopped Me Cold…

by Greg Koukl

Prepping for my radio interview with Os Guinness on his new book, Impossible People, I read something that stopped me in my tracks:

The truth is that the world, as Christians have known it for many centuries, has gone—and gone for good. Gone so decisively, any simple return or reclamation is out of the question…. Christian culture warring has been in vain. [p. 45]

Though I did not expect to read those words, as I let them sink in I realized that this same conviction had been growing deep inside me for some time now. I didn’t want to admit it. I did not want to concede that we wouldn’t be able to turn the clock back to the days when the Christian view of the world was the foundation for our understanding of the good, the true, and the beautiful. I did not want to acknowledge the world I grew up in was “gone for good.” But I think Os is right.

Think about it. Have you noticed how aggressive the resistance to our entire worldview has been since the Supreme Court passed its ruling on same-sex marriage last year? Emboldened, I think, by that legal decision, the opposition has moved forward forcefully—both socially and politically—all around the country.

The challenge is broader, though, than what Jay Wesley Richards calls “the pelvic issues”—homosexuality, same-sex marriage, the gender “bathroom battles,” the hook-up culture, etc. Indeed, there is not a single issue dear to us as faithful followers of Christ and critical to our Christian convictions that is not being vigorously challenged…


When I Read This, It Stopped Me Cold… – Mentoring Letter October 2016 | Stand to Reason