From Publishers Weekly
Should Christians be engaged in, or disengaged from, their world? This is the prevailing question that Staub, president of the Center for Faith and Culture, asks Christians who are commanded by Jesus Christ to participate fully in the world without falling for its subtle, yet destructive charms. Staub insists that modern-day Christians frequently resist partaking in the culture around them because they are "too Christian" or fear being labeled "too pagan" by other followers of Christ. This attitude, Staub claims, rejects Christ's edict to go into the world and share the Christian message. Masterfully told, Staub's 25 readings weave biblical principles of loving others as oneself from within the confines of workplace, school, neighborhood and family. Staub challenges Christians to fearlessly enter their world of influence and meet those of different beliefs at a place of common understanding. Specifically, Staub encourages readers to go to the movies, read current literature, listen to the latest music craze, attend a co-worker's party, check out a neighbor's interests and then discerningly look for the theological truth within each form of communication so as to converse intelligently and with caring grace. With deepening intensity, Staub's storytelling skill builds chapter by chapter until the dubious labels of either "too Christian" or "too pagan" are cast off in favor of a reckless love for a hurting world. (Nov.)
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From the Back Cover
Jesus Didn’t Invite the World to Come to Church.
He Commanded the Church to Go into the World.
But do we really understand what he meant? Not if our actions mean anything. Instead of going into the world, we run from it. Some of us hold it at arm’s length, some of us fight it, some of us conform to it, and others of us grow complacent toward it. But few of us know what it means to actually love the world with the kind of passionate, visionary love that sent Jesus from the heights of holiness into the depths of a sin-sick culture.
In Too Christian, Too Pagan, Dick Staub calls us to communicate the Gospel in the most risky, satisfying, and compelling way possible: by living an unpretentious faith amid the perils and promise of our society. It’s not about handing out tracts or organizing rallies. It’s about following Christ out of our comfort zones into places we’d never expect, getting as close to sinners and their lives as Jesus himself wants to get.
Not everyone will approve. To some, we’ll seem too Christian; to others, too pagan. But the One whose opinion truly matters will be glorified as we enter not just into his ways and means, but his very heart.