Undoubtedly, one of the best, most important books I’ve read all year is The World Is Not Ours To Save by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson (@tylerws). For those of us who consider cultural engagement and social/political activism important parts of the Christian life, this book should be required reading. When I reviewed it back in April, I wrote this:
For a guy whose life mission is abolishing nuclear weapons, the book sure doesn’t read like a PR piece for a particular cause. Rather, it seems Wigg-Stevenson – who does have a Master of Divinity degree – is sincerely intent on offering a bit of pastoral care for a younger generation still hyped up on its inflated chances of saving the world. That hype will inevitably waver and the vision will surely fade. And when it does, young activists will find in this book a treasure trove of good news. Will they listen before their lives depend on it? I hope so.
I still really, really hope so. And I was reminded of that when I came across this half-hour conversation between Wigg-Stevenson and Abraham Cho (@abrahamcho), a pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. They perceptively touch on a whole range of topics like public theology, the limits of activism, class and race issues, and the widespread tendency among Christians to view nonprofits as inherently better – regardless of particularities – than for-profit companies. This is some great conversation-fodder.