“It is past time for God’s people to come to Him in wide-scale repentance and once again honor the Lord “in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2). I’m not referring to a smug, holier-than-thou attitude. I’m talking about an attractive holiness, produced by God’s Spirit, that reaches down and picks up those whose lives have been ruined by sin without itself being soiled by sin. “Over the last several years it seems that the American evangelical church has adopted a perennially adversarial posture. We are far better known for what we against than for what we’re actually for. What a pathetic way to live, always reacting to the initiatives of an ungodly society rather than taking the initiative ourselves! I’ve never been a football coach, but I know one thing for sure: there is no way you can win if you’re always playing defense. If history teaches us anything, it is that reactionaries are losers. Only initiators win.
“The American church must return to compassionate, Christ-centered evangelism as its primary activity. We all have only so much energy. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Christians in our nation have wearied themselves in any number of good causes while we have put the gospel itself on the back burner.”
– “Marching Orders” by David Shibley in Ministries Today (July / August, 1997).