Ken Myers on the renewal of Christian culture:
“The recovery of the culture of the people of God will make us look profoundly different from our neighbors. In a post-Christian society, all faithful people begin to look a little Amish. But we must remember that we are always against the world for the world. This is not a call to retreat, but a call to provide a faithful public witness. We stand on a common ground of human nature with our neighbors. We are all creatures made in the image of a Triune God, called to fellowship with him, to love for one another, and for stewardship of our earthly home. Our hearts are restless until we rest in him. These are not religious opinions, but faithful descriptions of what is really the case. We are in fact this sort of creature, and our shared public life should honor this sort of fact, not just those facts measurable through material means. At the very least, public life should not make such facts about human identity less plausible or inaccessible, nor should government interfere with the ordering of the practical affairs of shared life so as to thwart human flourishing in its fullest forms. I hope that the newly energized champions of the common good are committed to all of its ramifications, and prepared to be reviled and persecuted and spoken ill of falsely when they bear witness to it. I hope they can then rejoice and be glad, for their reward will be great in heaven.”
This is from a lecture he gave called “Christian Faithfulness in Post-Christian America,” and which you can listen to for free by clicking the link in this sentence.
Ken is the founder and host of the Mars Hill Audio Journal, which in my opinion is the most important journalistic resource bar none for orthodox Christians attempting to understand modernity. If you aren’t a subscriber, you are really missing out. And you shouldn’t miss out. Everything I write about the Benedict Option is really just a footnote to Ken’s indispensable work.