Six Areas of Focus for Christian Localism
We are advocates of biblical localism.
By this we simply mean giving priority to the time and place God put you. Here are six area of focus for the Christian localist...
1. Emphasize a doctrine of household
What's more local than your home? Now your home shouldn’t just be a place to eat, stream, and sleep. It’s should be a place of productivity. This can take the form of family discipleship, side hustles/businesses, Christian hospitality, etc.
2. Emphasize a doctrine of vocation
Your job isn’t drudgery. It’s a local ministry and opportunity to bring good to others and glory to God.
3. Emphasize a doctrine of place
Your “place” matters. God has determined to put you when and where you are in history. Trust His wisdom and love where He has put you. I love Clermont County, Ohio. Where has God put you? Ask, “How can I honor God in this particular place?”
4. Urge Christians to co-op existing programs and third places
Is there a good coffeehouse, gym, or sports program in your community? If so, there is no need to create something new and “explicitly Christians.” Just join what exists. Be salt and light.
5. Urge Christians to start companies in the local community
There is incredible culture-making power in businesses run according to biblical principles. They bring in jobs and they directly shape the culture of those whom they employ and service. What business is lacking in your community? Start one.
6. Urge Christians to take full advantage of their US citizenship
Paul took advantage of his Roman citizenship. So should Christians. Vote according to a Scripture-shaped conscience. Run for office and rule in a godly way. Show up council meetings. Become mayor. Make use of your freedoms for good of the church and those in your community.