A Church for Exiles by Carl R. Trueman | Articles | First Things

This recognition of exile and the hope we find in the Psalms permeate historical Reformed worship and theology in a way that is not so obvious in other Christian traditions, even Protestant ones. For example, the worship of the American Evangelical Church of the last few decades has been marked by what one might call an aesthetic of power and triumph. Praise bands perform in churches often built to look more like concert venues than traditional places of worship. Rock riffs and power chords set the musical tone. Songs speak of tearing down enemy ­strongholds. Christianity does, of course, point to triumph, but it is the triumph of resurrection, and resurrection presupposes prior suffering and death. An emphasis on triumph, often to the exclusion of lament, will not prepare people for life this side of resurrection glory. It will not prepare us for a life of exile. I fear we are laying the foundations for disillusionment and despair.

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2 thoughts on “A Church for Exiles by Carl R. Trueman | Articles | First Things”

  1. Do you think that eschatology feeds this observation much? (Especially postmillennial theology, where society is strongly transformed by Christian ministry.)

  2. hi Chris,

    I just saw your comment – your posts should be pre-approved by WordPress.

    I think Trueman’s observation here is totally about the church reflecting culture.

    I haven’t read many post-mill theologians – the one I have read and like, Doug Wilson, incorporates lament and suffering well into his outlook.


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