The separation of the church from the world is rooted in those Scripture passages that stress the otherworldliness of the Christian life. . . . Christians expect to suffer, to be misunderstood, to be reviled, to be persecuted for righteousness’ sake. . . . The Christian community is a counterculture that stands against the powers of evil wherever they may be found.
-Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1999), 168-169.