Tourists or Residents?

“[T]our guides create tourists rather than residents—consumers of knowledge rather than participants in actual communities. We may introduce people to the basic contours and city limits of the gospel—“map knowledge”—but how do we fundamentally reorient them within the new neighborhood of the gospel? Given the significant influence of the modern social imaginary, discipleship must be embedded within a Christian social imaginary in order to be an effective journey of counterformation. This will require a new vision of life, a new story to live within, a new community to be part of, and new practices to live by. Indeed, to live well as “resident aliens” in this world, we must know our true home.”

– Jonathan Grant, Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age (p. 135)

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