Darrow Miller and Friends

Fight Intolerance With a Kingdom Offensive

  1. Pluralism Never Comes from Islamism or Atheism
  2. The Shadow of Sharia Looms Over the West
  3. Ideological War for a Global Caliphate
  4. Fight Intolerance With a Kingdom Offensive

Time for a kingdom offensive

We’ve been writing about the intolerance of Islamism and atheism. In this last post in the series we will briefly treat the matter of an offensive engagement in this war.

The war from the East will not be won with bombs and bullets. It will only be won with a better set of ideals and ideas. Two voices from the past will help us remember the importance of this kind of vision. The first comes from John Adams, second President of the United States:

The foundation of every nation is some principle or passion in the minds of the people. The noblest principles and most generous affections in our Christian character, then, have the fairest chance to support the noblest and most generous models of civil covenant.

Adams not only understood the importance of vision, he also knew that Judeo-Christian religion provided the best foundation for a free nation. The history of the United States, up to this present time, has proven Adams right. Unfortunately, today free nations are uprooting themselves to replant in the soil of atheism, a system without the foundation to sustain a free society.

The second voice is the great Russian author and sage, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who points out that the root of a nation’s health is found in its soul, not its material wealth: “The strength or weakness of a society depends more on the level of its spiritual life than on its level of industrialization.”

To win the war of ideas and ideals, Christians must articulate a vision superior to both jihadists and fundamentalist atheists. But a vision is just a theory until it is made real through our lives, behaviors and institutions. To say this a little differently, incarnating truth will take, not merely an articulation of these ideas, but an enfleshment of these ideas through the lives of those who follow Jesus, the Incarnate One.

Jesus' kingdom offensiveThe Church needs to promote a kingdom offensive, first by calling people to the cross of Christ, then by reforming culture to reflect the nature and character of God, and finally by rebuilding the laws and institutions of society.

Jesus' kingdom offensiveTo describe it differently, before he died Christ taught His disciples to pray that His kingdom would come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The church is not to simply wait for God to act, nor to be reactive to events moving around us. Jesus intended the Great Commission to launch a kingdom offensive. Based on His death and resurrection, and His authority as king of heaven and earth (Matt 28:18), He commissioned His followers to disciple nations, to bring the culture of the kingdom–Truth, Beauty and Goodness–into the heart of the nations.

Let us work to emancipate those in bondage to political Islam and the intolerance of the West. Let us promote those virtues that support human flourishing and freedom. Let us manifest by our words and our actions that

  • Life is better than death,
  • Health is better than disease,
  • Liberty is better than slavery,
  • Prosperity is better than poverty,
  • Education is better than ignorance,
  • Justice is better than oppression,
  • Wisdom is better than folly,
  • Beauty is better than mediocrity.

Darrow Miller

Editor’s note: For a book-length treatment of this very subject, see Darrow’s work, Emancipating the Worldavailable at Amazon.



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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).


  1. Mimi frerichs

    May 18, 2017 - 10:22 am

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  2. Joseph Min

    May 18, 2017 - 8:21 pm

    Thank you, Darrow, for your another inspiring article! It challenges me to accelerate my work in preparing the Korean version of Coram Deo School.

    • admin

      May 19, 2017 - 6:18 am

      Joseph, Glad to hear this was an encouragement for you and for your work in preparing the Coram Deo course in Korean. Keep us posted.