How Do We Speak Truth in A Distracted Age?
by Sean McDowell
How do we communicate the truth of the gospel in a world that is increasingly secular and distracted? If this question has gone through your mind, then you need to get a copy of the recent book Disruptive Witness, by Alan Noble.
Noble sees two large trends that make sharing the gospel difficult today: (1) Modern technology that offers endless distractions and gratifying activities, and (2) Secularism, which eradicates the sense of transcendence in daily life. As a result of these cultural two forces, Noble says:
“When we speak of Christianity we cannot assume that our hearers understand the faith as anything other than another personal preference in an ocean of cultural preferences” (p. 2).
Distractions and Secularism
How does the endless sea of distractions affect us? Noble makes a few helpful points. For one, it makes us mentally fatigued. We become addicted to novelty, and like other addictions, it drains our energy. We become worn out by continually seeking new experiences…