Why Bunker-Bound Believers Are Boring

“To talk about service might seem boring to some. We’ve fallen into this notion that serving is boring, like broccoli.
This is because the concept of Christian morality has often been hijacked in our day by boring people — people who have reduced Christian morality to the avoidance ethic and its most degenerate form, the boycott ethic. The avoidance ethic is the opposite of what I have outlined here. Instead of seeing the Christian life as about being proactive and abundant in doing good, it sees the essence of the Christian life as avoiding bad. It turns discipleship into the art of, as David Platt has said, ‘disinfecting Christians’ rather than sending them out for real engagement in the world.

Who would get excited about a life that is mainly about avoiding things and holing yourself up in a Christian bunker, allegedly ‘safe’ from the world? . . .

. . . A life of serving is a life of joy and adventure and excitement — far more exciting, in fact, than a life lived for yourself, no matter how many times you get to travel the world.”

Matt Perman in What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (pp. 80-81). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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