Flipping The Paradigm Inside Out
Christians need to flip inside out the model that has often been presented to them as to their place in society.
Christians should not feel that they stand with ideas that are outdated and wrong.
For Christians to gain a footing in society again, they will need to know where they actually stand. This will require flipping inside out the model that has often been presented to them as to their place. Christians who genuinely believe in Jesus and his teachings are actually the liberals of society, although not the political liberals. Those holding to the mainstream, which is now set against the open practice of religion, are the conservatives, non-politically speaking.
Putting aside political terms, the general use of the word liberal tends to describe those who go against the current of society to practice what they feel is right and to stand up for the downtrodden while the general use of the word conservative tends to describe those who want to adhere to the mainstream. What is now mainstream aims at ignoring and silencing Christianity, however.
Christians should not feel that they stand with ideas that are outdated and wrong. They are in fact the ones who champion the selfless love and compassion that marks real progressivism, a form of progressivism that is under attack by its artificial counterpart. Christians are on the outside now in many places, but Christianity will not be phased out. The fight is ongoing; it is a peaceful but dire one. Christians are called to do what they can in a peaceful manner to protect the freedoms of Christians in the public square.