After a several month hiatus, I picked up UnChristian from my nightstand and started reading it again.
A couple things jumped out at me today during my lunch-time reading. The first quote that caught my attention was the following:
In studying thousands of outsiders' impressions, it is clear that Christians are primarily perceived for what they stand against. We have become famous for what we oppose, rather than who we are for. (Kinnaman and Lyons 26)
The second quote that jumped off the page at me was:
They (young Christians) are also sensitive to the way in which Christians engage a broken world and are often frustrated by the poor image that Christianity has. We heard many young believers say that in some circumstances they are reluctant to admit they are Christians. They don't fear being unpopular, but they feel that raising the Christian flag would actually undermine their ability to connect with people and to maintain credibility with them. This is a major indictment of unChristian faith, that to bring those around them closer to Christ, they must distance themselves from the current "branding" of Christianity. They have to put aside unChristian ways of doing things to connect people with the depth and power of the Christian message. (Kinnaman and Lyons 35)
I'll refrain from providing much commentary on these two passages for now, but I felt compelled to share them with you for your consideration. My question for you, the reader, is do these passages strike as big a chord with you as they do with me?