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The trend of being nice

The trend of being nice
Jeremy Walker
Jeremy Walker Jeremy is the pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley.
22 February, 2023 3 min read

How should Christians respond to the current trend of being nice, winsome, and moderate?  

Your choice of words sounds like you have loaded the question, so let’s pause and think about what you might mean. Nice is opposed to nasty – it usually means being agreeable, pleasant, acceptable. Winsome usually indicates someone or something which is charming, which attracts rather than repels. To be moderate often means to be a middle-of-the-road runner, extreme and excessive in nothing, comfortably average.

The modern world has tried to reduce Christianity to a kind of spineless religious niceness, where winsomeness consists in telling people what they want to hear (or, at least, not saying what they don’t want to hear), and moderation consists in holding nothing too strongly, certainly not in forcing your distasteful opinions on others (‘It’s not nice, dear!’).

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