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Can Our Nation Hear the Gospel?

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

We must restudy how people hear the gospel. Why do some listen when others do not How does one come to grips with contemporary culture and present the unchanging gospel to a changing world. The question is not should or will, but can. Can our nation hear the gospel we proclaim? Given the problem of contextualization--the fact that people generally understand the Bible through personal preference, biases, and preunderstandings, how shall we relate the gospel to those who hear?

William Dyrness (How Does America Hear the Gospel?) suggests that the distinctiveness of the American culture can be described as pragmatic, optimistic, and individualistic. He argues that rather than buying into (selling out to?) Any or all of these approaches, the basic need of the twentieth century church in America is to redefine who we are.

Four identifying concepts frame the possibility of fresh interaction with our culture.

As we rethink these areas, we must not simply capitulate to the whims and fancies of our world. The challenge is to make the gospel both right and relevant. A good first step would be to eliminate any nonessentials that divide us and turn the world away from the message. Spiritual growth, worship, evangelism, and fellowship rooted in the stable, unchanging faith of Scripture and not on unyielding opinions or cultural expressions will go a long way toward answering the question, "Can America hear the gospel?" YES!

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