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Should Christians Engage The Culture?

Posted by Job on December 18, 2008

I hear it commonly asserted by pastors and theologians that I respect that Christians should engage the culture. So, I am asking those of you wise and learned in things concerning God’s Word and commandments these questions.

1. Does the Bible, especially the New Testament but I will accept the Old Testament (although no dominion or covenant theology interpretations of Old Testament scriptures please), contain verses that commands saints to engage the culture?

2. Does the Bible contain any examples of saints engaging the culture?

3. If the Bible does not contain any commandments or examples of saints changing the culture, should Christians do it anyway?

4. What other things that the Bible does not command or example saints to do should Christians engage themselves in?

5. What things that the Bible does not command or example saints to do should Christians NOT engage themselves in and why?

6. What is the goal of engaging the culture? Is it to spread the gospel? To oppose and restrain evil? Or is it to promote or preserve specific cultural norms?

7. Should Christians engage the culture only in cultures and populations that are majority or historically Christian? Or should Christians engage the culture in areas where they are tiny and persecuted minorities with little or no history?

8. Where should we focus our efforts? A. On primarily good, functional prosperous cultures to keep them from getting worse? B. Or primarily wretched, dysfunctional, violent, impoverished cultures to make them better?

9. What is the primary way or method that Christians should use to engage the culture, especially in the case of 9B?

10. If Christians successfully engage and change the culture, to whose will and glory is it, especially in the case of 9A? Is it to the will and to the glory of Christians (man) or of God?

Thoughtful sincere discussions and debate from Bible – believing Christians would be appreciated.

8 Responses to “Should Christians Engage The Culture?”

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  2. theoldadam said

    I think a clue to your main question is found in the trasfiguration story.

    The disciples wanted to stay up there build a church and worship God. A voice came and told them to(in essence)’shut up’ and listen to my Son.

    Jesus said,(in essence)let’s get back down there (to the culture) we’ve got work to do.

    “Go into all the world…”

    I think we can engage the culture to find out where they are being had (we all are) and them hand Christ over to them. Not to beat them over the head with Jesus or the Bible…but to give Him away to a hurting world…one person at a time.

  3. I think you’d appreciate this video:

    Blessings to you!

  4. Job said

    Theoldadam:

    Go into all the world and spread the gospel? Matthew 28:19. Go into the world and do other things? I know not what those things are, or the verses that tell us to do them. Thank you!

  5. theoldadam said

    Baptise and teach (about Christ). Those are the first things. Other than that…we are free to exercise our Christian freedom in our vocations…or not.

    That’s my take.

  6. Evandro Tavares said

    That God bless all his children

    The bible doesn’t condone the tradition to be put in first place, but the word of God deserves the first place always. As Jesus Himself spoke several times against the pharisee who were following tradition and not the word of God. One is free to do whatever doesn’t take the place of God and all his priority. Whenever a tradition is against God’s Word, one must follow the bible. We should always try to help those who doesn’t know God to know him. It doesn’t matter what culture, but anyone that needs to learn about the Grace of Jesus. If one lives in a big sinful city, one must teach these sinful people the marvelous life with God. If one lives in a small and lovely village, one still have to live by the same guide, encouraging those who are living according to God’s will to do so.

  7. cschande said

    We’re to love the Lord our God and love our neighbors as ourselves. The downward spiral our culture finds itself in threatens to cause a lot of harm to so many who are growing up in a society that says its ok to kill your babies as long as you do it before they’re born, its ok to love boys or girls or both, and its bad to stand up for Christian beliefs in public. We have the blessing (and responsibility) of living in a democratic nation (a privilege the first century church didn’t enjoy). As such, I believe the present-day implications of Biblical principles manifest themselves in ways that may not have been mentioned specifically in Scripture.

    As such, I’ve just started a new blog that will be highlighting the secular progressive movement (gay agenda, pro-abortion causes, etc). Unfortunately, most Christians still don’t know what’s going on out there and the mainstream media certainly isn’t covering it.

    We’re looking to build a solid group of social conservatives who’ll frequent our site regularly and contribute to some good discussions. I hope you’ll check us out!

    If you’ll add us to your blogroll we’ll gladly add you to ours. Our blog is at http://religionandmorality.wordpress.com/

    Thanks!

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    Thanks!

    God Bless

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