Finding Our Voice

One of the great challenges that all Christ followers – and particularly Christian leaders – face is finding our voice culturally, specifically in speaking to Generation Z. As a generation, they hold few things dearer than acceptance and inclusivity. To them, acceptance means affirmation. If you don't affirm, you don't accept. This unfortunately permeates all of culture, not just Generation Z, where to be considered "welcoming" is code for condoning all lifestyle choices.

So what kind of "voice" should we use?

Biblically, there are three primary voices speaking into culture: the prophetic, the evangelistic and the heretical. The prophetic voice, such as Jeremiah's, is clear in its denunciations and warnings. The prophetic voice is an admonishing one, a "thou shalt not," a clarion call to turn to God and get right with God. It is not a popular voice for culture to hear. That is why it is not a popular voice for Christians to use. Quick: name a popular prophet. See? As an old seminary professor of mine once quipped, "Assume a prophet's voice, expect a prophet's reward."

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