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The Christian And Culture

May 1st, 2010 Posted in Pastor's corner, sermons, worldview

What should be the Christian’s worldview toward secular culture?

Some will embrace everything that culture offers without reservation. This is a huge mistake because so much of popular thought runs contrary to Scripture.

Others think they can evade culture altogether through isolation. The fact is that this is virtually impossible. We might be able to remove ourselves and our children from our world’s culture, but culture will find us.

Culture shift

In his book Culture Shift, Al Mohler wrote, “We use language, wear clothing, and engage as consumers in a world of continuous cultural invasion. The culture is a vast network of institutions, laws, customs, and language that is a constant part of our life, like it or not.”

In the process of doing this, we sometimes try to live in a Christian subculture. The objective is to go through a day without any contact with worldly things or people.

Invasion

But Jesus has not called us to isolate, but to infiltrate. We are not to evade but invade!

In short, we are to impact culture without being compromised by it.

There’s no question that this is a tricky balance for Christians. As Jesus prayed, “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They are not part of this world any more than I am. As you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.” (John 17:15-16, 18).

So how does this work practically? I will talk about this at Harvest Christian Fellowship this Sunday at 7:45 A.M., 9:45 A.M., and 11:45 A.M. Pacific Time. It will also be broadcast live at harvest.org.

One Response to “The Christian And Culture”

  1. Kristi Catt says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for signing the book for my grandma today even though it wasn’t your signing day. Also sorry because my mom could not find her pen and dug in her purse forever (she was so embarrased because you have said that bothers you). She was just glad you didnt know our last name is Catt because you always talk about disliking cats. But thank you soooo much my grandma will love when she gets the signed book for mother’s day!

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