[Reposted with permission from Marty Troyer's blog, The Peace Pastor.]
Anthony Bradley of The World magazine thinks that missional and radical forms of Christianity are to blame for an increase in young adult shame and guilt. He says in his post “The New Legalism”
I continue to be amazed by the number of youth and young adults who are stressed and burnt out from the regular shaming and feelings of inadequacy if they happen to not be doing something unique and special.
Given a conversation I had yesterday, this is a valid concern. After worship a friend asked me about the guilt some Christians seem to feel associated with our inability to live up to every single value our complex modern world and our progressive faith invites us to.
Are we asking too much? Demanding too high a commitment? Expecting an increasingly nuanced and hard to live out faith when what we really need to be about is forming Christians who are living a quiet and faithful existence as good citizens? Continue reading