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Christians and Culture

My view on Christians and culture is fairly straightforward. Christians should not deliberately set out to change their society. Christians should deliberately set out to live out Christ in any place, discipline, vocation or society he has placed them.

I believe if this is done, it would please the Holy Spirit to transform society. He is already working restraining the ushering in of the man of lawlessness on our behalf. He is already giving gifts to men as the gospel spreads. He is willing and more than able to do more for His children that we can ask for, if we humble ourselves and come to him afresh.

It baffles me that there are few Christians thinking through the global economic crisis from a Christian perspective, but we have 20000 posts on Obama and his agendas. It baffles me that Christians are not writing about Syria, but many writing on youth programmes! Same with the arts, music, technology and other pressing issues.

There are forces reshaping our world and many evangelical Christians are sleeping walking! Too obsessed with single issues! Too many not thinking through the world in all it's works through biblical lenses!

When I read the letters in the new testament or Acts, or work of the early church fathers, I see a church dealing and addressing the pressing issues of the day, from idolatry, role of government, Greek thought, persecution, etc. They spoke to all of life.

Where is the church of our day? Where are the people speaking to the many aspects of our lives? We have come to believe Sunday worship is the Christian life! It is surely not!

Sometimes I think the reason we build churches is because we don't want to look outside to a dying world. Though it is also possible we are simply scared that world will laugh even more at our hypocrisy on many things - if the walls came down!

The time has come for the church of Jesus Christ to speak fully to life as we know it. The bride must stride out in confidence knowing her bridal price was paid for on the cross! No turning back!

Don't settle for mediocrity! Don't let the world set the agenda!

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