Four reactions to culture

  1. Angry combatant – calling for a crusade
  2. Political activist – electing the right politicians.
  3. Disillusioned despondency  – taking a sabbatical
  4. Piously disengaged – retreating into an apolitical Christianized subculture — views political engagement is a distraction from evangelism and spiritual growth).

These reactions fail to respect our call to social engagement as agents of common grace. The opportunities and privileges afforded in a participatory form of government should not be taken lightly.

Thoughts for deeper influence

We don’t just need new policies in our nation, we need new ways of thinking. Answer the call (at all levels of life) to shape the minds of people based on truth.

We especially need a renewed and relentless emphasis on human dignity and the importance of the virtue of honor.

The ideological challenge we face is challenging the progressive vision of freedom based on radical individualism.

“We live in an age whose chief moral value has been determined, by overwhelming consensus, to be the absolute liberty of personal volition, the power of each of us to choose what he or she believes, wants, needs, or must possess…”

“We are free, not merely because we can choose, but only when we choose well. For to choose poorly, through folly or malice, in a way that thwarts our nature and distorts our proper form, is to enslave ourselves to the transitory, the irrational, the purposeless, the (to be precise) subhuman”(David B. Hart).

Answer the call

Society benefits when parents are attentive and diligent; when laws and law enforcement are effective; when we have mentors to train us.

Wisdom calls us to engage in truth-based dialogue and persuasion in settings like family, work, community and government and we can do this without quoting biblical chapters and verses.

Explicit use of Scripture in dialogue on public policy will be quickly dismissed where sensitivities are high regarding separation of Church and Sate.

But we can confidently articulate a worldview that honors our Creator and our Savior without verbalizing explicit references to the Bible. We can also hope for some of these truths to resonate with the general public.

Never forget that each person brings a worldview to discussions about moral, legal and social issues. Many of our laws and policies reflect moral and even religious opinions.

We need more thoughtful creativity about the best ways to engage the public in serious dialogue on current social, moral and legal issues.

Don’t forget your identity 

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16).

Steve Cornell

 

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One Response to Four reactions to culture

  1. lindalreese55 says:

    A good reminder to check ourselves before trying to change others. If you are walking and living in your faith of the truth that you believe by studying God’s word, your living will be an example to those that may be watching!!!

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