The people of God, individually and collectively, are called to give expression to the redemptive work of God in all of their lives. As we’ve seen, the challenges to this calling in our time are formidable to say the least. What has been missing is a leadership that comprehends the nature of these challenges and offers a vision of formation adequate to the task of discipling the church and its members for a time such as ours. By misreading the nature of the times and by focusing so much energy and resources on politics, those who have claimed the mantle of leadership have fixed attention on secondary and tertiary problems and false solutions. By admonishing Christian lay people for not, in effect, being Christian enough, they shift responsibility for their own failures onto those that they lead.
To Change the World, pp. 226-227, by James Davidson Hunter