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Alex Harris: ‘Shiny Happy People’ Is Flawed but Serves the Church

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Alex Harris is an attorney and author who with his twin brother, Brett, as teenagers created TheRebelution.com and wrote “Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations.” A graduate of Harvard Law School, Alex worked as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Anthony Kennedy and was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for law and policy.

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Key Questions for Alex Harris

-What was the Joshua Generation, and what was your involvement in it?

-Why do you think so many Christians were attracted to Bill Gothard’s version of the Christian life?

-What’s the difference between Christians pursuing power over Jesus and Christians seeking to influence culture for God?

-How can pastors and church leaders help people take a biblically faithful path toward cultural influence?

Key Quotes From Alex Harris

“I do think that the Joshua Generation idea and story is an important one. It’s why I originally agreed to be part of the ‘Shiny Happy People’ documentary.”

“[The concept of the Joshua Generation] was a bigger kind of spiritual, religious analogy that was really, you know, pushed by a lot of Christian homeschool leaders that inspired the launch of a lot of institutions…that were designed to be a place for Christian homeschool graduates to be trained and sent out to lead the nation and shape the culture.”

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“As Christians, we are called to be salt and light. We are called to seek the welfare of our communities, to be engaged and active in society, and that includes politics. But there was, I think, a deeper part of that which I think was unhealthy.”

“My vision of what it meant to be a faithful Christian was to achieve earthly power and my vision of what it meant for Christianity to be in a healthy place in America was when we have political power and favor and influence. And that, I think, is at best a distortion and at worst a complete idol.”