target – gabe lyons
In the second session at the Target conference, we heard from Gabe Lyons one of the coauthors of the book, Unchristian. With the help of the Barna Group, they research the attitudes and opinions of late teen to early 30 years old about their perspectives and views of Christians.
Through that research they discovered the following perceptions:
- Too Political
Basically, he says that Christians have more than image problem; we have a substance problem. Something is wrong with the way we’ve been living out our faith.
Lyons explained that part of this is because of our understanding of the story.
For thousands of years, the story was understood as:
CREATION –> FALL –> REDEMPTION –> RESTORATION
Then in the last couple hundred years, we’ve adopted a half story (according to Dallas Willard, a “Divine Conspiracy”). The story has been minimized to:
FALL –> REDEMPTION
This half story misses out on seeing God’s restoration and recreation of the world as we live out our lives. It focuses on simply getting to heaven (and getting others there) instead of how we live out and restore creation.
He have the difficult task of changing the above perceptions into the following realities (which mirror the above list):
- (he skipped this one)
Here’s a video about perceptions found in the book. You can visit their youtube page for great interviews and another promo video.