If we’re going to impact the world for Christ, we need to engage yet transcend culture. What do I mean by that?
You might be engaged with culture, be very relevant to it around you. But in the process, not transcend its values.
The result is you compromise your Christian values.
Or you might transcend the culture, meaning you don’t compromise your values, but you’re not relevant. You’re disconnected from the culture around you.
If you engage but don’t transcend, you’re like salt that has lost its savor.
If you engage but don’t transcend, then who’s going to even know who you are—much less care about what you believe?
The goal is both: engage the culture but transcend its values.
“If it feels good—do it.” We pursue happiness like a drug.
We figure it’s our right as a human being.
But what feels good for now, may feel horrible later. That’s the problem.
An affair feels really good at the moment. But the consequences are catastrophic. They carry a life-time of regret.
On the other hand, what might feel crummy now, self-discipline to diet or rest or achieve a goal—feels great later on.
Eating that dessert—great! Not so good when you step on the scale.
Going to school, studying hard, there’s nothing fun about it.
But the rewards are great.
Obedience to God and His Word. Tough stuff at times. Difficult.
But the rewards. . .ya can’t beat it!
“If it feels good, do it!” So how’s that working for you?
When I say, “selective morality”—I mean just that. Picking and choosing what’s moral or not—disregarding what Scripture has to say.
You see it in TV program content; commercials, print ads.
I’m referring to the departure from traditional, natural marriage; traditional male and female couples; traditional husband and wife families.
It’s become all too common to see same-sex couples and unmarried couples living together. And it’s all depicted so comfy and cozy, so idyllic.
Some complain these programs show too much. I contend they show too little!
What you see is deceptive. It shows the fun, the joy of sin.
But it fails to show the consequences. It’s all a façade.
It doesn’t show the brokenness, the emotional cost, the disease, the result of the one-night stand.
And gratefully, in this case, the school did the right thing.
School officials at Minnesota Connections Academy told a senior she couldn’t speak at the grad ceremony unless she removed Jeremiah 29:11 from the end of her speech.
The school official said, “We can’t allow Bible verses to be quoted in graduation speeches.” ADF countered that removing a quotation from her graduation speech, merely because it’s religious, violates the First Amendment.
The Academy opted to do the right thing by choosing to respect the constitutional freedoms of all students.
I’m grateful for Alliance Defending Freedom for vigorously addressing these issues and for those schools and organizations willing to listen!
There’s no question that the Bible speaks to personal faith, to family, and to parenting. But it also speaks to community life, civil governments—and yes, national issues.
The fundamental principles of our founding fathers and the documents they produced—are rooted in biblical truth.
What do you suppose they quoted the most when they wrote?
And the second most quoted document?
It was those quoting other people who were quoting the Bible!
For those today who’re so-called “enlightened”—who perpetrate the myth that there’s no place for the Bible in national issues—they’ve got a lot of history to deny!
The founding fathers understood biblical principles.
So should we!
In 2008, Alliance Defending Freedom launched Pulpit Freedom Sunday. It’s their intention to restore a pastor’s right to speak freely from the pulpit. . . .without fear of the government revoking their tax exempt status.
On October 5—Pulpit Freedom Sunday—hundreds of pastors, myself included, will stand united in our pulpits and preach to those biblical issues of our day—marriage, abortion, the family, the economy, the poor.
The Church has a role in upholding morality and exalting righteousness in this country.
As we’ve fallen silent, politicians have received a free pass from those pastors who’ve been afraid to raise their voice against evil and unrighteousness.
That’s about to change!
Urge your pastor to join me and others across the country at PulpitFreedomSunday.org!