In the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul informs us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. In other words, it's not really people that we're battling against day in and day out, but rather the unseen forces that guide and influence them.
Unfortunately, we are living in a politically charged climate, disguised as social justice and civil rights. This climate makes it increasingly difficult for Christians to outwardly express what and who we are.
Politicians have convinced even some of the most prominent religious leaders that sharing ones faith, thoughts and opinions, makes others uncomfortable and in various settings have become off limits. Of course this puts many faith based ministries at odds with the counter culture.
Cultural trends and shifts have occurred since the beginning of time. The early Christians endured a culture that was hostile toward them and their message, but because they were willing to face the culture head on, they were able to spread their faith as The Holy Spirit gave them direction.
Christians may not know this but even our way of life is a culture. It is a distinctive one that has survived the worst of times, so surly we can survive the fiery arrows of today's culture. However, we must engage, not turn and run.
“The ‘Church’ is a culture in its own right. Christ does not simply infiltrate a culture, Christ creates culture by forming another city, another sovereignty with its own social and political life.” Robert Louis Wilken
While the world we live in seems to be falling apart, here’s how ministry can win the culture war.
- Continue to seek the will of God and not your own. When we discover His will, submit to it. Note, God's will lines up with His New Covenant word. Philippians 2:5 is a great example to follow.
- Stay committed to one another in unity as well as faith. Find common ground and don’t let petty theological and denominational differences divide you.If Aquila and Priscilla could see past Apollos’ theological short comings so can we with one another.
If Paul and Barnabas can mend their differences, so can we. No two people of God will agree 100 percent of the time.
- Express the fruit of the spirit in everything that we do and say, both in person and on social media.
- Focus on serving others by cultivating our calling and gifts.
- Change without compromising you faith and your principles.
- Let's learn to communicate God's word to this generation without using words and phrases that were created to make the gospel relatable to their grandparents.
When we do these thing with love and grace, we reinforce that the expression of our faith is not just what we say, but what we do.