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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Christians and "culture wars"...


An excellent essay on Christians and culture by Frederica Matthewes-Green.
She expresses so well the idea I was trying to bring out in my evaluation of Dr. Dobson in a previous post--more specifically, his approach to engaging culture.
It is not that we should put no effort into changing the "weather conditions" in culture by influencing the entertainment industry, the legal system, the educational system, etc.--but we do so recognizing the true battle ground of expressing the Kingdom of God is first in our own hearts, in the lives of individuals drowning in the drift of culture, then by also recognizing the systemic principalities and powers that are at work. And we do so with a tone of grace and humility, not righteous indignation as if somehow we are immune from expressing fallen/sinfulness in our own lives, relationships, lifestyle, thoughts, etc.
Karissa was able to hear Frederica when she spoke at Eastern Mennonite University this week. Her impressions of Frederica are profoundly revealing. Jesus said that you will know a tree by its fruit. Humility and grace exuded from the life of a person are, for me, the most convincing evidence of a depth of spirituality and authenticity in following Jesus.

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