How do we handle cultural wars?
There is nothing church leaders would like to do more than to stay out of conflict and enjoy peace in the local church. Whether personal conflict within the church, community controversy or national battles, we would really prefer to stay out of it.
Like the religious leaders in the story of the Good Samaritan, we would rather not get involved in matters that might cause further problems.
But, sometimes honesty forces us to make some tough choices – choices of conviction and courage which are not the "easy road." Such is the case with the cultural wars of the day.
Jeremiah addressed this issue. The prophets and priests of his day were not being honest with the people. In Jeremiah 6:14 he said, "They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace." Do you see what is happening here? The religious leaders were saying, "Everything is going to be fine. You don’t need to get involved." But it was a lie.
This week Baptist Press ran a piece by Owen Strachan titled, "Opt out of the gay marriage debate? That’s no longer an option." It is a thoughtful editorial, deserving of your attention. Strachan said, "...there is a desperate need for the church to be the church in this fallen world. Now is not the time to back off from a robust cultural ethic. Now is the time to engage."
Like it or not, we are in a cultural battle. Will we retreat? Will we tell our people that everything is going to be all right? Or will we enter the battlefield dressed in the armor of God, filled with his grace and truth? Let’s not look for the easy way out. Prayer and truth are our strongest weapons.
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