Christians in the Age of Outrage
Are you tired of reading another news story about Christians supposedly acting at their worst?Today there are too many examples of those claiming to follow Christ being caustic, divisive, and irrational, contributing to dismissals of the Christian faith as hypocritical, self-interested, and politically co-opted. What has happened in our society? One short outrageous video, whether it is true or not, can trigger an avalanche of comments on social media.Welcome to the new age of outrage.In this groundbreaking book featuring new survey research of evangelicals and their relationship to the age of outrage, Ed Stetzer offers a constructive way forward. You won't want to miss Ed's insightful analysis of our chaotic age, his commonsensical understanding of the cultural currents, and his compelling challenge to Christians to live in a refreshingly different way.

Christians in the Age of Outrage Details

TitleChristians in the Age of Outrage
Author
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherTyndale Momentum
ISBN-139781496433626
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Christian, Christian Non Fiction, Politics

Christians in the Age of Outrage Review

  • Petermathieson
    January 1, 1970
    Highly recommended. This was a great read on how Christians can navigate through today’s culture of instant outrage. Stetzer is fair in his critique of both right and left sides of the political spectrum. He offers lots of relevant examples and statistics to go along with his points. I especially liked his thoughts on disgust and, how Christians should approach social media. The book also covers topics like winsome love and how to neighbor. It was great.
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  • Becky Van Daniker
    January 1, 1970
    Whoa. Definitely a book every Christian needs to read. Very challenging. Full review coming soon.
  • Julie Stroud
    January 1, 1970
    Long read, a bit of a commitment to get through it. Although worthy of your time! Stetzer is a theologian with sociology and politics thrown in... seriously, this book gets at the questions many of us have these days about our changing culture and the fractures we are seeing and feeling in evangelicalism. My chief disappointment was the author's political bias creeps in. Still looking for an author that is the right blend of theology-sociology-political science. Stetzer's work is notable but not Long read, a bit of a commitment to get through it. Although worthy of your time! Stetzer is a theologian with sociology and politics thrown in... seriously, this book gets at the questions many of us have these days about our changing culture and the fractures we are seeing and feeling in evangelicalism. My chief disappointment was the author's political bias creeps in. Still looking for an author that is the right blend of theology-sociology-political science. Stetzer's work is notable but not quite my cup of tea.
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  • Rodney Harvill
    January 1, 1970
    For the record, I obtained this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.When I studied James and took a long hard look at the passages on controlling the tongue, I couldn’t help realizing that the way Christians interact with each other in person and on-line often falls short of the high standard presented by James. It was very convicting, especially in the context of social media. While I have had some very productive and mutually agreeable interactions and discussions, I have also had some moment For the record, I obtained this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.When I studied James and took a long hard look at the passages on controlling the tongue, I couldn’t help realizing that the way Christians interact with each other in person and on-line often falls short of the high standard presented by James. It was very convicting, especially in the context of social media. While I have had some very productive and mutually agreeable interactions and discussions, I have also had some moments when I let my anger get the best of me, usually in the context of politics. So, I have since kept my eye out for books that might offer suggestions on managing the tongue (and the typing fingers) and was thrilled to get a copy of this book. While I have some criticisms of its content and don’t necessarily agree with everything the author suggests, I have found the book to be insightful and profitable for Christian growth.As should be obvious from the title, the target audience is Christians, especially those in the United States. The author has rightly noted that we Christians have become frustrated with our waning influence over our culture and political system, a frustration that often manifests itself in outrage, ranting over issues increasingly beyond our control that affect our lives. I remember being amused at the people who assembled on the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency to scream at the sky. In recent years I have seen plenty of screaming on my social media feed over from Christian conservatives like myself, Christians who should be able to constructively air their disagreements without doing so in an unchristian manner. So, I think the author has a legitimate criticism.The author also notes that Christians often look to political power to protect them, and I am inclined to agree with him. For example, consider the 2016 presidential campaign, which pitted Donald Trump, a very ungodly man known for unchristian conduct who reached out to Christians, against Hillary Clinton, an ungodly woman whose platform would likely continue President Obama’s policies that empowered those who were trying to force Christians to choose between their livelihoods and practicing their professions consistent with their Christian beliefs. Given that a conservative Supreme Court justice had just died, and Donald Trump had promised to replace him with a conservative, many Christians held their noses and supported him, contributing to his victory, and he has pursued policies favorable to Christians. Although I didn’t want Clinton to become president, I chose not to vote for Trump on account of his character, but am completely sympathetic to those who chose to do so. They didn’t want a Clinton presidency, and the only way to avoid it was to vote for Trump. The principle of sowing and reaping has never changed. That said, there is a difference between supporting a certain political candidate or party because you think it will do the most good and putting your hope in them to save you. When Donald Trump was elected president, I saw it as nothing more than a temporary reprieve from political changes that are increasingly adverse to Christians, an opportunity to build up my faith and that of others for the hard testing that is sure to follow. So, I agree with the author. Don’t put your faith in politicians or political power. Such is more likely than not a broken reed that will wound the hand that leans on it.Although I found much to agree with and benefit from in this book (and there is a lot more content than I have discussed above), I did find something to criticize. All his criticism seems pointed at the Christian right. As noted above, the conduct of the Christian right too often less than praiseworthy and unworthy of its Lord and Savior. However, my social media feed includes members of the Christian left, as well, and I haven’t been impressed with their conduct either. Furthermore, I have seen on-line opinion pieces characterizing as idolatry such things as supporting Trump or standing when the national anthem is being played. Not too long ago, a Christian coworker was talking about Trump supporters with such a condescending tone that I actually envisioned him as a Pharisee in the temple thanking God that he wasn’t like one of these Trump supporters (see Lk. 18:9-14). Whenever I see such things, I can’t help but notice that whatever stands their political opponents are taking seem to be idolatrous, and whatever stands they are taking are always the epitome of righteousness. How convenient! Although this may simply reflect my cynicism, I envision Christian leftists reading this book and its strong criticism of the Christian right only to conclude that they are the guests of honor at the I’m-ok-you’re-not-ok corral. They need to recalibrate their values to Christ just as much as the Christian right does.Aside from the above criticism, I enjoyed the book and hope to be a better Christian influence on account of its suggestions.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Stetzer notes that our world is awash with anger. How are Christians to walk through this? Stetzer is quick to point out that there are areas that should generate Christian anger, such as human trafficking. But how do Christians keep from allowing unrestrained outrage?The book is divided into three section. Stetzer first looks at what causes the outrage and how Christians have contributed to it. Next he identifies the lies that reinforce the outrage. Stetzer then suggests ways Christians can cou Stetzer notes that our world is awash with anger. How are Christians to walk through this? Stetzer is quick to point out that there are areas that should generate Christian anger, such as human trafficking. But how do Christians keep from allowing unrestrained outrage?The book is divided into three section. Stetzer first looks at what causes the outrage and how Christians have contributed to it. Next he identifies the lies that reinforce the outrage. Stetzer then suggests ways Christians can counteract the outrage by developing a Christian worldview, by loving others, engaging them thoughtfully, etc.I gleaned many insights from this book. Because of the influence of Christianity in the past, Christians came to think they “owned” culture in America. American Christians have not learned how to flourish in a minority situation, as did early Christians. Another insight was about tribalism and having a win/lose attitude, like in sports, rather than one of coexisting. Perhaps the most disturbing insight was about trading a kingdom-based identity for a world-based identity. Stetzer identified what we Christians have done to have others outraged at us. The most glaring has been to use kingdom-based identity to achieve world-based ends, such as in politics.The bottom line is that, “Outrage is a product of the flesh.” (2224/5424) Stetzer offers practical suggestions on engaging others in the Spirit, placing the focus on God and His glory. He also includes resources for further study.I recommend this book to Christians who are ready to own up to how we have helped create the negative environment we now experience. You'll be encouraged to discipline your minds to think more critically and to engage others with the gospel, not hatred.Food for thought: “You see, you can't hate people and engage them with the gospel at the same time.” (2252/5424)
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  • Don
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book to strike just the right balance between astute cultural analysis and sound Biblical exposition. I regularly follow Stetzer's writings in my work as a pastor. I usually agree with him, but even in those cases, he still challenges and stretches me. That was true with this book. He doesn't just diagnose the issues; he also prescribes Biblical remedies that would really help if and as we apply them. I was struck that much of the solution comes down to basic discipleship: the more I found this book to strike just the right balance between astute cultural analysis and sound Biblical exposition. I regularly follow Stetzer's writings in my work as a pastor. I usually agree with him, but even in those cases, he still challenges and stretches me. That was true with this book. He doesn't just diagnose the issues; he also prescribes Biblical remedies that would really help if and as we apply them. I was struck that much of the solution comes down to basic discipleship: the more professing believers live like Jesus, the less we will contribute to the outrage du jour and the brighter our Christian witness will shine. I warmly recommend to anyone troubled by the heated tone of so much of today's public "discourse."
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  • Ben
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to the audio version, so there are definitely some pieces I missed along the way, but this is one of those books that is a must read for any follower of Christ who is looking to engage this world that we live in. Outrage never changed someone’s mind. But, love has. How do we, as followers of Christ, Christ’s love in a world that is filled with so much rage and emotionally charged “conversations” that tend to turn into shouting matches where I simply want to get my point across and I d I listened to the audio version, so there are definitely some pieces I missed along the way, but this is one of those books that is a must read for any follower of Christ who is looking to engage this world that we live in. Outrage never changed someone’s mind. But, love has. How do we, as followers of Christ, Christ’s love in a world that is filled with so much rage and emotionally charged “conversations” that tend to turn into shouting matches where I simply want to get my point across and I do not want to listen.Pick up this book and read it. You will be thankful you did. And so will those in your sphere of influence.
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  • John Haydon
    January 1, 1970
    A good read and well-thought out. Stetzer tries to walk a middle ground and tries to please everyone. Maybe it's not that simple. Yes, it is vital that we show love and kindness, and see people from God's POV, but we must defend values. This defense can be done with love and not giving in to the slippery slope of trying to please everyone. People of faith need to unite and that means making coalitions and not living in our own Christian world-view. It means uniting with Catholics, Mormons, Bapti A good read and well-thought out. Stetzer tries to walk a middle ground and tries to please everyone. Maybe it's not that simple. Yes, it is vital that we show love and kindness, and see people from God's POV, but we must defend values. This defense can be done with love and not giving in to the slippery slope of trying to please everyone. People of faith need to unite and that means making coalitions and not living in our own Christian world-view. It means uniting with Catholics, Mormons, Baptists, and Muslims to stand up for God-centered values. Stetzer does make some great points.
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  • Steve Briggs
    January 1, 1970
    I think that Stetzer has correctly identified the values associated with being a Christian and also attempting to navigate today's social media and regular media. It is a quality read and provides exceptional insights in discussing today's current issues from a standpoint of firm loving values. I cannot recommend this book enough!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Thoughtful challengeAs both a challenge on how to act and respond to the current culture, this book will help you navigate through the landmines of opposing viewpoints. In addition, the guidelines will help you earn the right to be heard through respect and grace.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much fantastic advice in this book, especially when it comes to online etiquette. If you find yourself becoming outraged over trivial matters on a near daily basis, you need to read this book ASAP!
  • Christopher Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    A must for every Christian to read in our current polarized world. Ed Stetzer makes his case with practicality, conviction, thoughtfulness, and keeps it Biblical.
  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    Insightful, practical, and humorous. A must read. Learn how to engage neighbors and the world in a way that deflates the outrage.
  • MuskogeePastor Umc
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book on how a Christian should be a witness and example during the age of outrage.Will be doing a book review for our Muskogee Public Library December 12.
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