Hi friends, in their book Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme, David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons clarify four situations that need different approaches.
Here are the four situations - and their responses:
Q. What is wrong? A. Stop and confront. (83)
Illustration: Kirsten Powers raising the Dr. Kermit Gosnell story in national media.
Q. What is confused? A. Clarify and compel. (84)
Illustration: Jeremy Courtney and Ann Vosskamp working together to clarify a particular way we could effectively respond to sex trafficking in Iraq.
Q. What is right? A. Celebrate and cultivate. (86)
Illustration: Selma, a movie that captures the goodness of the Civil Rights movement.
Q. What is missing? A. Create and catalyze. (89)
Illustration: Sarah Dubbeldam, founder of Darling magazine, that celebrates “the art of being a woman.”
Sarah wants her magazine to offer women the opportunity to “discover beauty apart from vanity, influence apart from manipulation, style apart from materialism, sweetness apart from passivity, and womanhood without degradation (92).
What I appreciate about this chapter is clarifying that there is a wide and diverse range way of interacting with people. Instead of starting with what we know (content) or how we like to do things (approach), this mindset starts with looking externally first:
- What is the situation? What is going on? What are the questions? What is the problem?
Once that has been understood, then they move to exploring how we respond. A good principle!
If you’re up for the challenge, why not share a story or an example that you’ve come across, categorize it (wrong/confused/right/missing), and then suggest an answer?