Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Should Christians Avoid Culture Wars?

One of the most loved sections in all of the gospels is known as the Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-16) and the rest of Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" (Matt 5-7). We are told to turn the other cheek when abused, pray for those who curse us, etc. How are we to respond when God's Truth is maligned in the culture? When the world's and culture's standards are an affront to the eternal standards of God's righteousness as found in the Bible? Do we walk away and just preach "Jesus"? Or do we engage, always being ready to give a defense for the hope that we have with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15)? Do we continue to be bold and speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)? I see that Jesus answers this question for us. He is the perfect example as He engaged a culture which had much opposition to Him and His message of repentance from sin and belief in the good news of His mission to save sinners (Luke 19:10).

Below you will find an article written by Dr. Michael Brown. Even though I don't endorse everything he stands for (I can only fully endorse Jesus), I find his ministry a positive example at engaging the culture in a spirit of Love and Truth. You can find his latest article in the link below. I hope you read it.

As you do, meditate on Jesus' words from the Beatitudes. 11 "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. 13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. 14 You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. (Matthew 5:11-15)


 If we aren't the light that shines the truth to a dying world, who will stand in the gap? ~Mondo

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