Are we revisiting this old argument? The Old School Presbyterians were Christians who held strongly to the idea that the church should not get involved in social matters. Their responsibility was the purity of the church and disciplining of members. The New School Presbyterians held to a more integrated understanding of the church and state and felt that involvement was key to the health of the church and an obligation of the people.The New School movement was one of the first groups to ban slave-owners to become members in the church.
Does this divide exist today within the church? There is such a strong movement among the young to get out there and serve.While at the same time there seems to be a movement in the heart of others to self preserve.
Everyone seems to be getting involved in some form of short term missions and I have to image this will lead to more missionaries. I think one of the reasons this field will see a revival is due to the internet. People can now stay in touch with their social network while still serving in remote parts of the world.
At the same time people want the church in America to avoid hot topic issues that seem to divide. The call is to keep the gospel in the center and not let much else into the discussion. I think that is what is so powerful about men like Tim Keller who won’t allow us to hide behind gospel centrality because he says to live a gospel centered life is to live out in our culture and enhance it from a gospel centered place.