Missional drift! It happens when you set out to do one thing—and end up doing quite another!
. . . and “missional drift” is exactly what’s taking place in our culture today. We’re becoming a culture of the “acculturated!”
. . . unfortunately, even in the church.
To be “acculturated” means complying with the culture in which we live.
Ask yourself: are you in any way compromising or becoming attuned to the world’s ways at the expense of God’s ways?
A lack of discernment, and certainly, in many cases, a lack of biblical literacy is a huge problem.
If we don’t know what the Bible says, if we don’t understand God’s ways, we end up drifting toward opinion and so-called tolerance!
We need to get back to foundational, righteous issues and principles.
If we don’t, we’ll just continue to drift, compromising God’s truth and God’s ways.
If you’re asked, “What’s the responsibility of a church in its local community?”—how do you answer?
Here’s my answer to that question . . .
The meaning of the English word, “church” comes from the Greek word “ecclesia”.
It literally means, “the called-out ones.”
But that doesn’t mean we’re supposed to stay out. We’re called to go back into the world with different values.
I think we all need two conversions: one from the world to Christ, and one to take Christ back into the world.”
Our local churches are to be like pre-Kingdom experiences planted in the real world–the people of God acting like Jesus here on earth.
That’s why the Lord’s Prayer says, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
God in us, lived out as the visual presentation of the present kingdom of God!
What will it take to restore the value of faith and freedom in this country? You may not like the answer!
When we talk about how much we value faith and freedom, we’re dealing with a tough, cultural question.
It’s an issue that can have a painful outcome if we don’t give it real thought!
The key is that some people cannot appreciate something until they’ve lost it.
Is that what it will take in this country?
The jury’s still out on that, I’m afraid.
Some say we just don’t have the capacity to appreciate something until we’ve lost it.
I hope that’s not true in this case.
We show our appreciation in what we support and defend.
And democracy is an incredible gift that many have and are dying for around the world.
Now’s the time to pray—and act! Don’t wait until you’ve lost it!
Care of the planet should be important to all of us.
But remember that people and their lives are more important than even the environment we live in!
Creation care is biblical—no question.
In Genesis chapter 1, God instructed Adam to subdue the earth and rule over it—meaning to be responsible for it.
Yet God holds the world in His hands and in His power.
It is not ours. We are stewards of it! A major distinction!
As much as we hear discussions and arguments surrounding global warming, and climate change, are they our world’s biggest problem?
Paul summed it up in Romans 1:25, referring to those who “worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever praised.”
Either we worship the Creator or the creation.
The choice is ours.
I choose the Creator.
We hear much about separation of church and state.
The question is the proper—and I repeat “proper”—separation of church and state?
The answer is to realize that the civil government has authority for national defense.
However, the church is considerably better predisposed to the welfare of individuals and families.
Long before the government became so involved in the early 1900s—the church had an excellent track record of providing for the poor and needy.
The greatest philanthropic endeavors throughout history have been because of the church.
The calling of Christ to love the widow, the orphan and one’s neighbor—is the DNA of authentic Christ followers. In fact, it’s pervasiveness of the “image of God” on every person, the impulse to help is not merely a Christian phenomenon. It is evidence of God’s redemptive ‘fingerprint” on the human spirit!
As Christians we have a responsibility to obey the laws as they honor God . . . but . . . there are limits!
Being a Christian doesn’t mean loving our nation no matter what it does. It means loving it enough to work hard to preserve its godly values and correct any evil intentions or actions.
When it becomes antithetical to that purpose, it no longer merits God’s favor.
In fact our duty is to call out evil for what it is—not only as a warning to everyone—but as a calling to return to what Paul refers to in Ephesians 5:11—to what is right and just for everyone.
Allegiance to God takes precedence over our allegiance to our nation, but our nation is a gift from God for our good, and for us to protect.