Doug Giles

If Christians would toughen up a bit, get out of the religious closet, follow their faith instead of their fears, and live their beliefs in a more robust way, we would once again change the face of this nation more drastically than Michael Jackson?s plastic surgeon altered his mug.  Maybe that?s a bad analogy.  But you get my point. 

Hey Christian, why don?t you go public with your faith?  Why don?t you work what you supposedly believe into your sphere of influence, huh, PC JC man?  Come on, Dinky ? true faith is resilient.  It can handle scrutiny.  It has answers for tough questions.  It has solutions for societal pollution.  It wants to go play outside. 

God designed Christianity to be a 4WD spiritual vehicle with mudders, a truck that brings life to the outback.  It is not a sensitive Miata that must be preserved from going offroad and into the bush.  Quit treating the truth claims of the scripture, the power of the Holy Spirit and the compassion of the Creator like they are some fragile little Faberg?ggs that must be coddled, kept in the sanctuary and never exposed to the mean world. 


Look, if the believer really wants to change things that he feels are detrimental to both the soul of man and the soul of our nation, and not just blather on about how bad things are on his column or via his mediocre talk radio show on, then he must embrace four spiritual qualities.  Yes, the following four points were common denominators, fundamentals that Christians have joyfully lived for hundreds of years around the globe, principals that eventually caused the land in which they dwelt to be changed for the better.  If you live, eat, sleep and breathe these four things for a few decades, history states that you?ll watch their positive impact on the course of your life, your church and your nation.

Are you ready for this?  I knew you were.

1. Incorporate what you believe into your daily grind.
2. Bump up the quality of your spiritual experience.
3. Get a passion for effective action. 
4. Labor for personal, ecclesiastical and national reform.

BTW:  1-4 have been borrowed from J.I. Packer and abused by me.

1.  Incorporate what you believe into your daily grind.  Look, we?re not going to change our nation if we compartmentalize our faith and relegate our Christianity to once a week ditty.  Where Christianity has historically rocked ? its adherents saw no incongruities between their sacred worship and their secular work. 

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.