Take a look at the culture and society around us...there does not seem to be much that the Christian can look positively toward. In fact, in a recent May 2017 Gallup poll, categories such as divorce, premarital sex, gay/lesbian relationships, and even pornography are experiencing highest ever percentages for moral acceptability among Americans. That's not very encouraging.... How are we as Christ followers to respond to what I believe is a post-Christian America? Earlier this week, I was able to attend a Pastor's Fellowship on the specific topic of the church and culture. What I was reminded of is worthy of writing to you all. First, Christians knew that this type of culture was coming (II Tim. 3:1-7). It should come to the believer as no surprise how our society is so backward when it comes to truth. We should expect push-back from a culture that seeks deception and evil if we live as Christ and for Christ (II Tim. 3:12-13).
But also, we know why it this type of culture came (Rom. 1:18-31). We know that humanity, in his ungodliness and unrighteousness, chooses to hold or suppress the truth (Rom. 1:19-21). Because man suppresses the truth, God turns people over to a moral uncleanness and dishonorable lusts (Rom. 1:24-27). Indeed, the very "sins" of our culture are the signs of God's judgment. Finally, God gives them up to a reprobate mind, wherein they know the judgment of God but have pleasure in their sin (Rom. 1:28-32).
So, what are we to do? Here are two simple thoughts that were given to us on Tuesday morning.
1. There is no scriptural mandate to change the culture. We must accomplish what the church is commissioned to do--make disciples (18-21). The church was commissioned in the power and authority of Christ to go, win, and teach disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). True disciples of Christ will by default influence culture and society.
2. We must prepare ourselves as the church to accept people who have been victimized by the culture--that includes homosexuals, lesbians, transgenders, mother out of wedlock, etc. This will often require us to swallow our self-righteousness, Pharisaical pride and to live and love like Christ (Matt. 9:10-13). Logically speaking, if we believe the love and sacrifice of Christ is available to all, can we ethically reject or refuse those who are so different from us, but still need Christ's forgiveness?
- Pastor David