In Gabe Lyons’ book “The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America,” the author highlights a type of Christian that he refers to as “The Restorers” that seem to be “getting it right.” He points out that the restorers have a radically different mindset from previous generations and, as a result, they express their faith in radically different ways. He describes this kind of Christian this way…
The next Christians believe that Christ’s death and Resurrection were not only meant to save people from something. He wanted to save Christians to something. God longs to restore his image in them, and let them loose, freeing them to pursue his original dreams for the entire world. Here, now, today, tomorrow. They no longer feel bound to wait for heaven or spend all of their time telling people what they should believe. Instead, they are participating with God in his restoration project for the whole world.
They recognize that Christ’s redemptive work is not the end or even the goal of our stories; redemption is the beginning of our participation in God’s work of restoration in our lives and in the world. Understanding that one idea literally changes everything.
The Next Christians have six defining characteristics. The restorers are…
Provoked, Not Offended
Creators, Not Critics
Called, Not Employed
Grounded, Not Distracted
In Community, Not Alone
Countercultural, Not “Relevant”
Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit organization “dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.” He is an example of a restorer. Here is a remarkable story about a TWLOHA team member.