This is a challenging time to be a Christian. There is a big difference between what is culturally Christian and being a Christian in culture.
One is concerned with policy; the other is concerned with people.
One wants to create a separate world; the other seeks to inform the world we have.
One is concerned with safety; the other relishes danger.
One is driven by fear; the other driven by hope.
One is against the world; the other loves the world (John 3:16).
One is not in, but of the world; the other is not of, but in the world.
One creates a subculture alternative to the world; the other are people making contributions in the world.
One majors on morality; the other majors on grace.
One is big and getting smaller; the other is small and getting bigger.
One champions differences; the other champions similarities.
One judges; the other accepts.
One blames; the other forgives.
One is proud; the other is humble.
One is exclusive; the other is inclusive.
One separates; the other embraces.
One is trying to reform society; the other is about being reformed in society.
This is a time like no other in history. We cannot assume that our traditional evangelical messages are being understood as to what they really mean. Christianity has been politically usurped. We must find other ways of living out our faith other than the popular, presumptive ones that have been around for the last few decades. We need to internalize our faith and then find new ways to talk about it. We need to work at articulating the meaning of truth not just brandishing Christian platitudes and buzz words. Don’t trust what comes down the Christian marketing channels; study the word of God for yourself and translate it into the world around you. These are exciting days to think for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth.
We are not cultural Christians; we are Christians in culture. One lets the culture speak for it; the other speaks for itself.