“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2
From the viewpoint of Scripture, culture is defined in its simplest form as the activities of human beings in the created world. Culture is the actions, forms, and characteristics of our society, the human beings who are created in the image of Almighty God, throughout our world.
To truly understand our culture today, it is important to comprehend the exceedingly important truth that our culture is fallen. Genesis three teaches that man is fallen because of our sin and that our culture suffers tremendously from that fall.
It is also important to note, being a part of the culture is not optional. Christians have no ability or power to separate or isolate themselves from the culture. Believers in Christ are part of the culture as this is simply an established fact.
Whether Christians like it or not, there are times when our culture has affected or is affecting us. However, we must remember our Scriptural mandate is not to allow our fallen culture to influence us as Christians, but rather as Christians, we are to influence our culture for Christ and His Word (Matt. 5:13-16). As Christians, we must prioritize influencing our culture for Christ in every possible avenue that presents itself.
LET US PRAY…
Father, empower us to effectively influence our culture for You and Your truth in every possible way we can. Lord, strengthen us to stand for You in our culture no matter what the cost may be. Father, thank You for the incredible opportunity we have to represent You in this world. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.