From David F. Watson:
Earlier this year I read Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option. Its basic premise is that the culture has turned against us as Christians. We need to retreat and form tightly knit communities that will serve as arks in which we can ride out the flood of neo-paganism in Western culture. This is the best hope we have of preserving a Christian identity in the midst of a hostile world.
After I finished it, though, I thought, What if John Wesley had done that? Thankfully, he didn’t. In fact, he did the opposite. He preached in the fields and where anyone would listen. He went into the places where he knew people were hostile to him. He was attacked by mobs. He was badmouthed and ridiculed. He didn’t retreat from the culture. He confronted it. And in the midst of all this, he led a revival that swept through England and eventually became a global movement.
I don’t want the Benedict Option. I want the Wesley Option: high-octane evangelism with a deep commitment to Scripture and an emphasis on sanctification and social holiness.
You can read the full post at David Watson’s blog here.
For more on Rod Dreher and his “Benedict Option”, I recommend (external links):
- Why ‘The Benedict Option’ is not an option for Christians
- Of Sh*tholes and Section 8: A Response to Rod Dreher
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- Arminius and Wesley on Enjoying and Desiring God
- Does an Arminian understanding of grace lead to a more missional worldview?