There are a lot of politically active Christians engaged in pro-life crusades, social justice, prayer in schools, and any number of other causes. Gay marriage is of course the latest battle in the culture war, as the actual sovereigns get about the business of deconstructing marriage. What shall we do?, the Christian cry goes up. To which Contra Niche responds, get over it losers:
I think most Christians are happy to fail. They feel the need to say things- like whining like a baby about marriage laws in this country- but this is simply a political version of the word magic Christianity has become. We must, apparently, say the name of Jesus, and or say things we think he might like to hear, but to take something back to ourselves- like marriage, or any sacrament for that matter- is impossible.A lot of Christian clergy and laity of the Apostolic Churches are stuck in the ancestral memory of the institution as advisor and counselor to Christian monarchs, evangelizing the pagans and distributing alms to the poor. But an Enlightenment, some major Revolutions and two World Wars later, it is the secular, demotist governments which enjoy power and prosperity the likes of which few monarchs could imagine, the Church settles Muslims in formerly Christian lands, and clergy are embarrassed to notice that the modern poor enjoy the pleasures of the Biblical rich.
It matters not at all that it would be fairly simple, given that we already have these organizations, as useless and bureaucrat ridden as they are, called churches, which, if they felt like it, could arbitrate. Of course, we have to be invested in not having Christian governance, because the last bit of Christian governance came from monarchs, and if we started thinking about Christian governance again, we'd have to think about not stealing from people.
No, we must have democracy, the insidious drive of politics into every sphere, and exposure to godless judges, lawyers, and child protection people.
Let me give you a clue. You are going to fail. You are going to fail badly. You are going to hum your stupid tune, and make up pretty pictures in your head, and irrationally ascribe serious import to random events. You are going to say 'in the name of Jesus' while having no sense of Him or what He might want you to do.
Like August (Contra Niche), I get the feeling the handwringers really enjoy this theater, imagining themselves as St. Paul before Herod Agrippa.
I don't think that role is left to play any more. I'd ask whether the mission of the Church at this point is to obtain space for her flock to live a Christian life, like the Amish and Hasidim do for their membership.