Is It Arrogant for Christians to Claim the Truth?
by Todd Statham
Polls of North American attitudes toward Christianity reveal that we have a serious image problem, with arrogance touted as one of our ugliest features. When you think about it, the church does make audacious claims—nothing less than a special message and mandate from God’s very self: “The church is sent with the gospel of the kingdom to call everyone to know and follow Christ”(Our World Belongs to God, 41).
It’s as if we know something others don’t and possess something others lack. Can we dare claim such a thing when inclusion, respect, equality, and openness are dominant cultural values? No wonder some denominations have backed away from exclusive claims about the gospel for fear of sounding arrogant, and many Christians are timid about sharing their faith with others.
So is it arrogant for Christians to claim the truth? Yes . . . and no…