Pushing Jesus to the Margins
It has become apparent to me over the past 26 years since coming to Australia and living permanently again in a Western culture that most Christians have privatised their faith. In doing so, they have pushed Jesus to the margins of their lives. Instead of allowing Jesus and the gospel of the kingdom to challenge the foundational assumptions of our culture, we have co-opted Jesus into our culture and worldview, giving him a minor role in the private sphere of our lives. Thus, we have revitalised Jesus to the private and personal part of our lives, making him irrelevant to vast areas of our lives. Hence, Jesus has little or no place in politics, world affairs, commerce, industry or education, where he might challenge our understanding of public life or the prevailing worldview of our society.