Engaging the Culture

God has a purpose for our lives during our life time on the earth. One facet of life that God wants us to be actively involved in is the culture. God expects us to be good stewards of the opportunities and gifts that he has given us.Too often Christians look to politics and getting the right president into power in order to for the culture to be returned toward a moral center. However, politics is downstream from culture. And culture is is downstream from the faith of the people. Culture refers to the cult of the people. In other words, what the people of a culture worship - this will be their religious worldview. 

In America the most influential factor that influences the culture is not the church but the media. Christian leaders have not understood how important the media is with regard to influencing the thinking and the values of the people. Rather than being a part of the effort to influence morality of the culture, most Christian leaders have chosen to isolate themselves from it. As a result, secular non-believers have filled the void and relayed their values to the surrounding culture. This accounts for the lack of moral restraint which has characterizes our people, including those within our churches. 

Rather than run away from the culture, we need to be a part of changing it for the better by redeeming it. The redemption of the culture is actually an integral part of the Great Commission. Jesus called us to disciple the nations of the world by teaching them everything he has taught us found within the Bible. We are to take the Biblical principles God has given us and share them with the people and nations of the world. In the process, as more people become Christians and submit themselves to Christ as their Lord, the values of the kingdom of God spreads throughout the world. 

The following articles discuss the differing views regarding how Christians have looked at cultural interaction and the different schools of thought that have developed. Western Civilization is actually a byproduct of Christians engaging the culture. When we do not engage the culture other ideologies move in to fill that vacuum. Jesus has commanded us to disciple the nations of the world by teaching them the Gospel and the life principles included within the Bible. Within the Great Commission Jesus stated that all authority has been given to him in both heaven and on the earth. His lordship is universal and covers all of life. This includes the culture and everything within the earth. As faithful stewards we need to fulfill the last command Jesus gave us. We are extend his kingdom authority and knowledge throughout the earth despite whatever we believe the future holds. 
 
Cultural Transformation is Biblical

Christians are confused with regard to whether cultural transformation is a valid Christian objective. This is especially true when Christian leaders tell them that God's kingdom is not of this world. Too often they hear this from their own church leaders who tell them not to waste time getting involved with changing the culture. However, Jesus instructed us to pray that his kingdom would come and that his will would be done on the earth as it is being done in heaven. 

To address this dilemma we need to go back to the Bible for the answer. When Pilot and Jesus were discussing the fate of Jesus Pilot told him he had the authority to take his life. Jesus responded that he had that authority only because Jesus gave it to him. Pilot was worried about his authority being undermined Jesus. Jesus then told him that his authority was not of this world. This did not mean that God's kingdom is not in this world but that the source for that authority did not originate from this world. The authority for his kingdom came from God - not from any earthly source such as a political position or through an earthly army. His kingdom authority came directly from God. The following audio link gives a further evaluation of this topic in more depth.

Audio Link:

https://www.ezrainstitute.ca/resource-library/podcast/frequently-asked-questions-about-cultural-transformation