There are shifting sands in the social and cultural interpretations of what Church and Christianity look like in the 21st century. You simply have to observe the prevailing trends towards same sex marriage, euthanasia, and ‘Christian’ swingers, to understand that these issues are not only pertinent to the irreligious or the non-Christ follower. A firm foundation is a prerequisite to being able to stand against the flow that may well be taking you where you definitely don’t want to go.
If you’re not careful, you might find yourself ‘slipping’ into doctrines and values that diametrically oppose the teachings of Christ. Because context is everything, it’s important to remember that, as Christ followers we are not called to impose a standard of living on those who don’t believe the way we do. In fact, since we’re being brutally honest here, we are not called to impose a standard of living on anyone. We are, however, called to model what we believe in the way we live and the way we express what we believe.
In addressing these seismic shifts in culture, my friend, and futurist, Alex McManus opines the following with regard to the Christian approach:
“There will be the stream that will seek to accommodate the new culture. They will lose a large part of their narrative. There will be the stream that will seek to run counter to culture. They will disappear into an antagonistic irrelevance. There will be the stream that will seek to retreat from culture. They will have no impact. There will be that stream that will try to educate the new culture. They will leave the will untransformed. There will be that stream that will become the new culture, the future culture, the culture that follows whole heartedly after Christ. And they will create the future.”
So, if this is true—and I have no reason whatsoever to think that it isn’t given the trends—what will this culture “that follows whole heartedly after Christ” look like? If you’re being completely honest with yourself, what stream do you find yourself trending towards? What do you need to do to ensure that you’re a part of creating the future culture?