Five summers ago, I was a just-out-of-college intern for the C.S. Lewis Foundation, working on the Oxbridge ’05 conference in Oxford and Cambridge. It was one of the most enchanting, life-changing summers of my life. On top of the many brilliant lectures I heard in Oxford and Cambridge, I had dozens of conversations over pints and pipes—at pubs at 2 in the morning, after an evensong service in some magical cathedral, or in the garden of The Kilns (C.S. Lewis’ home in Oxford). These were the conversations that sparked the first true ideas that would eventually become Hipster Christianity. When I got back home later that summer, I wrote “A New Kind of Hipster” for Relevant. Five years later, Hipster Christianity is out in stores (as of Aug. 1—the official release date).
A recent post of mine on whether we should love God or fight for him, got some push back from a friend on my facebook page.
His primary arguments are that:
1) the biblical warfare worldview is basic to all biblical revelation and prescription.
2) I created a false dichotomy between loving God and fighting for Him i.e. surely we can do both.
3) I was "fighting" against the "fighters" as I tried to promote love
Here are a few quick thoughts:
First, the Bible
makes quite clear that we battle not against flesh and blood (Ephesians
6), therefore any biblical battle motif cannot be construed to apply to