Missional drift! It describes what 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 we truly want spiritual renewal in this country, we’re going to have to spend time praying! Fervent, intentional prayer!
And let me remind us: prayer isn’t overcoming reluctancy in God.
It’s not persuading Him to do something He is unwilling to do.
It’s implementing His will.
We’re not begging God to do something He doesn’t want to do.
Christian author Andrew Murray wrote: “We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force than can move the heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.”
A force that changes history! That changes Culture.
We need to pray, now, for our nation, our leaders, our families, our churches and institutions!
And by the way, prayer doesn’t mean we don’t act.
Not at all.
But we pray first! Action comes out of that praying!
There is truth that predates us—AND it will outlive us!
God’s Word is the source of wisdom?
Ultimately our opinion matters very little. Mine or yours!
But biblical truth does matter!
Oh I know, there are those who will say,
“Oh yeah? According to whose interpretation?”
The answer is: according to collective minds of authentic followers of God for the last two thousand years!
Others will argue: “Well it’s his interpretation against yours, right?”
No. The Bible was written plainly. Tearing up a baby in the womb is anti-biblical. Re-defining marriage is anti-biblical. Depriving people of expressing true creativity, through excessive governmental control denies the integrity of the human spirit. It’s anti-biblical. Economic taxes that break citizens’ financial backs is anti-biblical.
The Bible can spare us a lot of pain—personally and nationally—if we’ll read it—and follow it!
What’s really important to you? If you’re willing to answer some key questions—there’s a quick way to find out!
Here are the questions for you to answer for yourself:
How do you spend your time? Your energy?
What’s the focus of your finances? Your giving?
How do you feel about your possessions?
What about the use of your gifts and talents?
What about your actions?
Your thought life, even the words that you say?
Take a good look at your answers.
Where’s your focus? It’ll tell you a lot about your priorities—about what you regard as truly important.
Jesus said where your heart is—your treasure will be as well!
It really doesn’t matter what we “say” our priorities are—it’s where the rubber meets the road!
That’s where the real tale is told!
The last question? Who is important in your life?
Do the words, “Follow Me” ring a bell?
How you live as a Christian in today’s culture makes a difference . . . on the culture itself!
There’s an economic theory that says: “What we enjoy, in terms of economics in our culture, flows out of, in part, biblical truth.”
A book titled, “Human Accomplishments” studied those accomplishments from 400BC to 1950. It was written by a self-admitted agnostic. But he said when he studied human accomplishments he was stunned that the primary contributor to human accomplishment, meaning things getting better, was because of biblical Christianity. Another book titled, “Under the Influence” came up with the same conclusion.
Christianity, when lived out by those of us who claim to know Christ, makes an enormous impact on the culture.
A staggering impact, in fact!
Let’s not forget that! Let’s live in the light of God’s Truth—salt and light!
What’s foundational in your life? There’s good reason for you to know the answer to that question!
Jesus said in Matthew 7: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house.
Yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell with a great crash.”
Everything in these houses was identical.
Except one thing. The foundation.
The person who hears the words of Jesus and puts them into practice! It makes all the difference.