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Links to Think: 14.05.19

May 19, 2014


There Is No Culture War” – This is some good food for thought for those of us who have spent any time in American Fundamentalism/American Conservative Christian circles.

“There is no culture war in America that Christians are called to enlist in as soldiers. Neither the Bible nor the Westminster Confession of Faith speak of “culture” as something to be “won” or “lost” in the way that many Baby Boomers have framed Christian life in American society. The story of redemption is not about God coming to save America nor to build a society that is safe and comfortable for his people. Christian nationalism is idolatry. On the contrary, the story of redemption is a story of all things in creation being reconciled to God through the work and person of Jesus Christ in societies that will always be uncomfortable for God’s people until Christ returns. As such, the dominant command and mission of God’s people is to love well: love God and love neighbor (Matt 22:36-40).”

“The truth is that “the culture” already belongs to Christ. He already won the battle for his world. Culture is, after all, an aspect of creation. Christ created culture in the beginning. The Father is still creating culture. The Holy Spirit is still actively forming, directing, and moving in culture. The triune God has never abandoned culture nor anything else in creation and never will. In the mystery of God consummating the redemption of his entire cosmos, God has commissioned his people to certain tasks and given them particular responsibilities as full collaborators with God in very ordinary, day-to-day applications of loving God and loving neighbor. As a result, Christians are called to live a life of holiness, share the gospel with those in their communities in love, Christians bring the love of God and neighbor into their family life, their places of employment, their little league athletic associations, their community volunteer associations, their armed forces, their political parties and houses of government, their marketplace transactions, their creative activities in the arts and entertainment fields, their professional associations, their professional sports activities, their public schools, colleges, and universities, and so on, not to make any of these into “Christian” utopian spaces to “win” the culture war but to be fully and actively present in all of them, and more, as “salt and light” as “restorers” and “rebuilders” (Isaiah 60) as God fulfills his purposes in the saving of the world.  It is God, and God alone, who determines how his people’s everyday, ordinary lives will ultimately “impact” a culture.”

“Because America has never been a country that embraced the Bible’s norms of what it means to love God and love neighbor consistently, and never will, God’s people are free to treat their involvement in all aspects of American culture like Daniel and his friends did in Babylon (Daniel 1-6) so that people are put in positions to flourish as God intends. Love God, love neighbor wherever God places you and embrace what God does with it. In Christ, you are more than free to honorably discharge yourself today from a culture “war” that has no basis in God’s word.”

“Who Are We?” – I appreciated reading through this more seasoned and experienced mom’s family vision (specifically, as it relates toward how parents view themselves and their children)

“We Are

Agents of GraceMay we continually receive the grace of God through Jesus Christ and be people who live in grace and extend that gift to those around us…especially our children.
***For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Ephesians 2:8-10
Image Bearers of God May we remember that God created us and all people in His image, so that we will know to whom we belong as we interact with the world. We are all stamped with the handiwork of the Creator and all people deserve respect and love because He has lovingly fashioned each soul for His glory.
***So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them male and female he created them. ~Genesis 1:27
Vessels of Reconciliation May we live out the ministry of reconciliation…first realizing that because of our sin we are in desperate need of a Savior. We also desire to show those in our life their need for a relationship with God. Finally, we live lives not only reconciled to God but to one another as we walk in the love and forgiveness of Christ.
***All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. ~2 Corinthians 5:18-19″


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