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Cultural AwarenessApril 6, 2012
I am reminded either through news, books, or media in general that the culture around us is exceedingly wicked. Now in truth I am also by God's grace confronted often about my own wickedness, but as we behold what goes on in our world I feel like many of us are left wondering "what do we do?" Especially in the light that the Christian voice in our world is met with hatred and contempt (even though Jesus told us this would happen).
In some of my recent study I have been reminded that there are times when the way that the message is delivered will dictate whether the message is received. We must be reminded that the message of the Gospel and the bible is offensive to a sinful world; however the messengers are not to be offensive. We can disagree with the culture without being disagreeable. This seems even more needed as the political climate of our country is rising to frenzy with the approaching presidential election.
The sad reality in my own heart is that I often don't find the balance to disagree well. I like many take every cultural evil and allow it to fuel what is in my mind a "holy" rage which Jesus would just call the sin of anger. Don't misunderstand me; I believe we must be vocal in the world about Truth. We must look to the evils of our culture, and be clear about the message we have been entrusted with. We must not fight like the world but hear the word of our King, "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." The disciples were being sent by Jesus into hostile territory with no weapons of hostility. They were sent into battle with instructions to fight in a completely new way. It seems Jesus words are poignant for today. Let us wage war on our knees, with gentleness and reverence, and let the world see that we don't think ourselves above them or better than them, but rather under the one true King, Jesus Christ. Looking not to win a culture war, but see Christ victorious in the war on sin!