Like most religious movements in which evangelism is the preeminent concern, the Restoration Movement has not applied itself to determine or define the Christian way of life. Our religious forefathers were children of their time, and so are we of ours. They consciously and unconsciously assimilated the positions of a frontier evangelistic society. We are similarly occupied with our rapidly changing culture.
If the Christian is to be realistic, he will know the world in which he lives. Yet he will also be convinced that the Christian life style cannot be dictated by the ideals or values of his society. To be relevant does not mean that the perspective for his life must be provided solely or even primarily by the conditions or needs of his world. It should be a truism to him that Christian ethics is grounded in Christian theology. The lasting contribution that he will ultimately make will not be through an ad hoc activism, but through his realizing in his own life the values and the courage of Jesus Christ.
The articles in this issue of MISSION reveal much about ourselves, perhaps even more than was intended! Viewed as a collection they must be seen as an essay at self-understanding. Such understanding does not imply self-approval. What it should call forth is a renewed resolve to find our purpose in life in Him.