Consider this: Culture and Christianity eventually Clash! “Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there’s no getting around it. Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. They’re as deceived as the people they lead astray. As long as they are out there, things can only get worse.” (2 Ti 3:12–13, The Message)
We might be tempted to believe that that statement isn’t true. Yet, Christianity has a definite direction and that direction is to please God while the direction of culture is to please ourselves. It was true throughout the story of Acts, when Christianity began, and it is still true. Christ and culture clash at some point. Why?
Because at the at the core of Christianity is the belief that Jesus died for the sins of the world and that he was raised from the dead. Christianity is all at once inclusive and exclusive. Jesus died for the sins of everyone – and – unless you believe in Jesus you cannot be saved.
We Americans have it pretty good for a long time – yet in the past 50 years our culture has been running away from biblical principles. That is not surprising – just sad and unfortunate – and I wish it were not so. When I slow down and listen to the stories of brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who suffer for the sake of Christ, I am encouraged to love Christ at all costs!
Here is what our master taught us: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “ ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Mt 10:34–39)
Today, choose to love Christ more in business and with your family. Allow him to use you as salt and light for those around you. – Dan