Counter-Cultural Life

The words counter-culture may seem odd to many within the church world. I mean, aren’t we supposed to be in “the world” in order to share the gospel? The answer is of course, yes, but remember we are in the world but not of it.  Just as a refresher for those who already know – the ekklesia is a group of people who have been called out of the world and to God; it is the Church.

The Church – the Body of Christ shouldn’t be passive and let culture dictate right and wrong.

This isn’t a popular stance in our world where tolerance is the keyword. To those who cry out for tolerance really have a one-way view of it. If you interject Jesus or the Bible into the conversation, all of a sudden they aren’t so tolerant.  Rant over – back to my point.

Just because something is legal, doesn’t make it right. Just because something is accepted within the culture, does not mean we need to accept it as our way.

We, of course, have seen this played out with various “hot topic” issues but also recently during the Covid-19 situation. We have seen our 1st amendment rights squeezed by state officials which isn’t right either. I don’t want to get in the weeds about any one particular topic here. I do however feel strongly that we need to stand up for what we say we believe and declare that we have the mind of Christ. Having the mind of Christ means we look at life from our Saviour’s point of view, having His values and desires in mind. Having the mind of Christ means to think God’s thoughts and not merely going with the flow – thinking as the world thinks.

We need to examine ourselves and make course corrections where needed. I believe we should start with the following three things:

1) Clarity

Understanding God’s ways and His commands. Do a fresh reading of the Word and try to separate any bias from His Word. Remember, His word is truth. The newspapers, friends’ opinions, and even your own feelings are not equal to God’s message to us.

2) Determination

Determine in your heart that you will obey even if you don’t fully understand the reasons. You accept that God is God and He is smarter than us and is orchestrating. Determine that the Bible will be your criteria for right and wrong. Make it known that where the Bible is clear – you will accept and obey completely.

3) A Plan

When you hear something – anything, run it through the Phil 4:8 filter.  Learn to ask good questions. Conversations with those with differing opinions can be healthy. Rather than direct confrontation, ask questions as to how they arrived at their point of view. With the right questions, their biases will be exposed. Remember do everything with love.

It’s time for the Church to rise up from a deep sleep and say NO to unrighteousness and injustice and get back to the mission at hand. We are Team Jesus! May we do and say the things that will bring Him honor and glory.

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