Ever since the 1960s when confident, brassy Baby Boomers rejected what I often call the Christian cultural consensus, we have been struggling to find what unites Americans. Sports? Ephemeral and fleeting. Freedom? A treasured ideal twisted into a license to speed past all the traditional sexual stop signs. Flag? A valuable symbol that, apart from our armed forces, inspires far less sacrifice than it ought. It seems as if we are so brittle that we break into cultural and political ice floes, our separate groups adrift on rolling, turbulent seas.
International student ministry beckoned me 30 years ago: Help international students discover Jesus and why He deserves their devotion. I had no idea that I would re-discover my own country---America---by seeing it through their eyes.
President Obama declares terror the enemy, not Islam. As the US president, he may be strategically avoiding the obvious truth that Islam is the central cause of terror in the 21st century. Christians who engage our Muslim neighbors have only one strategic orientation: Speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).