Notes from "Onward" by Russell Moore (Introduction)

I don’t accept the narrative of progressive secularization, that religion itself will inevitably decline as humanity evolves toward more and more consistent forms of rationalism. As a matter of fact, I think the future of the church is incadescently bright. That’s not because of promises made at Independence Hall, but a promise made at Caesarea Philippi—‘I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’ (Matt. 16:18).
— p. 3
The Bible Belt is teetering toward collapse, and I say let it fall.
— p. 3
God was always welcome in American culture. He was, after all, the Deity whose job it was to bless America. The God who must be approached through the mediation of the blood of Christ, however, was much more difficult to set to patriotic music or to “Amen” in a prayer at the Rotary Club.
— p. 6
We ought to approach the future without the clenching of our fists or the wringing of our hands. We ought to see the ongoing cultural shake-up in America as a liberation of sorts from a captivity we never even knew we were in.
— p. 7
The church has an opportunity now to reclaim our witness, as those who confess that we are ‘strangers and exiles on earth’ (Heb. 11:13). That strangeness starts in what is the most important thing that differentiates us form the rest of the world: the gospel.
— p. 7
If our principle means of differentiation is politics or culture, then we have every reason to see those around us as our enemies, and to see ourselves as somehow morally superior. But if what differentiates us is blood poured out for our sins, then we see ourselves for what we are: hell-deserving sinners in the hands of a merciful God.
— p. 7-8
Our call is to an engaged alienation, a Christianity that preserves the distinctiveness of the gospel while not retreating from our callings as neighbors, and friends, and citizens.
— p. 8