"It is possible to be a Christian without showing the
mark, but if we expect non-Christians to know that we
are Christians, we must show the mark."
Christians have not always presented an inviting picture
to the world. Too often we have failed to show the beauty
of authentic Christian love. And the world has
disregarded Christianity as a result.
In our era of global violence and sectarian intolerance,
the church needs to hear anew the challenge of this book.
Decades ago Francis Schaeffer exhorted, "Love--and the
unity it attests to--is the mark Christ gave Christians to
wear before the world. Only with this mark may the
world know that Christians are indeed Christians and
that Jesus was sent by the Father."
More than ever, the church needs to respond
compassionately to a needy world. More than ever,
we need to show the Mark.