Engage the culture without losing the gospel
As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What’s needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity seems increasingly strange, and even subversive, to our culture, we have the opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the gospel, which is what gives it its power in the first place.
We seek the kingdom of God, before everything else. We connect that kingdom agenda to the culture around us, both by speaking it to the world and by showing it in our churches. As we do so, we remember our mission to oppose demons, not to demonize opponents. As we advocate for human dignity, for religious liberty, for family stability, let’s do so as those with a prophetic word that turns everything upside down.
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Ecclesiastes has much to say to any thinking person who seriously questions the meaning and purpose of life, especially in a universe that has little or no place for the God who created it. The writer leaves no stone unturned as he pursues his quest: philosophy, power, politics, pleasure and education are all carefully explored. Ecclesiastes is a book meant to be read and digested—resonating with the sense of despair felt by many trapped in a materialistic world where time is rapidly running out—yet continually offering glimpses of hope, before unveiling the true meaning of life that can only be found in a living relationship with God.
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