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  • Why Christians Lose Culture Wars

    Do we even show up anymore?

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    Do we even bother trying anymore? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

    Remember years ago when Duck Dynasty was pulled from a network and Christians got together and protested? There was an organized effort and a Facebook page. We made sure the world knew what we wanted. We were going to not take no for an answer. When Cracker Barrel joined in by removing Duck Dynasty gear from their gift shop, we went after them.

    Eventually, the cable company and Cracker Barrel both relented.

    And Christians immediately put down their arms and went back to watching their TV show.

    Way to go, team!

    So let me get this straight. When a voice on TV is silenced because he disagrees with homosexuality and his TV show gets canceled, Christians think the main thing to fight for is the TV show? It’s not the freedom to state what one believes? It’s not our constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of religion?

    We know we can do this the other way also and we did it again when someone was the target of attacks due to speaking on homosexuality. That was Chick-Fil-A Day. Any counter movements like a Kiss-In Day didn’t even make a ripple in the pond. Christians shattered records for fast-food restaurants that day.

    Christians. Do you need to be reminded, and apparently you do, that we form a very significant portion of the population? People claiming to be transgender are probably not even 1% of the population and yet now when I take an online survey, I get more than two choices when selecting gender multiple times. If we went by the standards of those on the left, homosexuals make up 10% of the population. I highly question that as I think it’s much less, but look how much change they brought about.

    Why? Because they got up and let their voices be heard and refused to let people walk all over them. They also got people outside of them to recognize the validity of their cause. Today, we are seeing ourselves moving more and more towards what many of us think is a mountain that we are going to crash into.

    I have stopped saying the world can’t get any crazier because any time I have said that I have been proven wrong. Many of us have been amazed. Gone With The Wind is temporarily pulled from streaming for being racist. The Muppets Show now needs to have a disclaimer. Mr. Potato Head is now being named just Potato Head.

    Well, sometimes Christians post something on Facebook about it.

    Congratulations.

    We need to do more than that. It’s understandable if some of us do go and essentially boycott some companies, but that’s not enough. Efforts like this need to be concentrated. They need people to come together for their common cause and let it know they are working together. We have several of us doing something individually, but we need to do something together in a group.

    After all, there’s no sign that this slippery slope is stopping with what we’re doing. It’s almost as if the other side believes their message more than we believe in the message of Jesus. Sadly, my fear is that may be true, especially since that message has been watered down so much that it’s just about how we can be “nice people” and to receive counsel for our feelings. I am not saying there isn’t a place for that, but that isn’t the message of Christianity.

    The original Christians were persecuted and they still kept on going. We aren’t anywhere near being persecuted like they were and most of us have already laid down our arms. We’ve even seen many of our own churches, consider the Methodist Church for example, going the way of the world.

    What’s it going to take? We’re going to have to get in our heads first off that Christianity is true and Jesus is really Lord. That will mean teaching the church good apologetics and good theology.

    Also, much of the confusion in our culture is around issues of sexual ethics. The Christian church needs to be talking about sex a lot more. Think about it. When was the last time you went to church and heard a message about sex. Now compare this. When was the last time you turned on a TV show or movie or even a radio and got a message about sex, not necessarily a sermon with something explicitly taught, but the show or song said “This is what we believe about sex.”

    Christians need to have better thinking on this which means we need to know how sexuality fits into a whole worldview. If we see the matter the way everyone around us does, we won’t make any difference. If we learn to think about this topic better than everyone else, we will.

    We could also bear in America to learn more about the history of our country and what we went through. In the American Revolution, there were bounties put on the heads of preachers by the British. Our preachers should see getting up into the pulpit as something dangerous.

    In Communist China or in Middle Eastern Muslim countries, being a Christian can be a death sentence. However, we see churches growing over there. Why? Because those Christians know it’s a death sentence and they take it seriously. This isn’t a light-hearted commitment. People are saying they know Jesus Christ is worth dying for.

    Is He worth living for?

    Is He worth anything at all?

    If you don’t want to see our country and our world go this way, then what are you doing about it? Let’s give the left this. They at least go out and contend for what they want. They refuse to be beaten down.

    We could learn something from that.

    We are really nowhere near what Christians faced in the first century and yet they did a lot more and they sure didn’t have the tools that we have today. If we want to see change in our world, we have to bring about that change. Yes, Christ is behind us, but He already gave us our marching orders in the Great Commission and in Acts 1 and He’s not going to do the work for us.

    Will we do the work for Him?

    In Christ,
    Nick Peters
    (And I affirm the virgin birth)
    Support my Patreon here.

  • #2
    This is probably the first time I really disagreed with you on something.

    Maybe in part because of the first church I was a member of, where I became a Christian. It gradually turned into a mind controlling cult, and the pastor demanded that everybody boycott this or that who disagreed with him on certain moral issues.

    There there was a "cultural mandate" promoted by D. James Kennedy and others, in which we were supposed to bring in the Kingdom by enforcing our own standards on the culture. I for one will avoid certain products, services or programs because I don't like their position on certain things, or because they fired their Christian employees. But I don't see my responsibility being to raise a massive boycott to force people to follow my own personal standards.

    We are the "salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13) because of its flavor (or savor). But I have heard preachers distort that to mean that as salt, we are supposed to have a preserving quality, and are supposed to preserve America's original culture.

    If we are to win this world to the Lord, it must be on an individual basis, not by imposing our own standards upon others. You can take a filthy pig, wash it, perfume it, but a ribbon on it, and it's still a pig.

    I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler-- not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? (1 Corinthians 5:9-12, NASB)

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      Originally posted by Faber View Post
      This is probably the first time I really disagreed with you on something.

      Maybe in part because of the first church I was a member of, where I became a Christian. It gradually turned into a mind controlling cult, and the pastor demanded that everybody boycott this or that who disagreed with him on certain moral issues.

      There there was a "cultural mandate" promoted by D. James Kennedy and others, in which we were supposed to bring in the Kingdom by enforcing our own standards on the culture. I for one will avoid certain products, services or programs because I don't like their position on certain things, or because they fired their Christian employees. But I don't see my responsibility being to raise a massive boycott to force people to follow my own personal standards.

      We are the "salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13) because of its flavor (or savor). But I have heard preachers distort that to mean that as salt, we are supposed to have a preserving quality, and are supposed to preserve America's original culture.

      If we are to win this world to the Lord, it must be on an individual basis, not by imposing our own standards upon others. You can take a filthy pig, wash it, perfume it, but a ribbon on it, and it's still a pig.

      I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler-- not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? (1 Corinthians 5:9-12, NASB)
      Boycotts don't really work. I don't really care about them. They need to be massive and organized to do any good.

      What needs to be done is just to stand up for what we believe in and not back down from it. We need to be as sure of what we believe as the left is sure of what they believe and live accordingly.

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