Christian or Christ Follower?

What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted

Oliver Cromwell

The modern age presents a challenge that has faced many Christians throughout history:  “Is it the Bible or is it current Culture that determines a person’s worldview”?

Current culture presents a powerful force in the United States with its constant propagation through education, the media and politics.  People need to belong and be accepted by those around them and the fear of ridicule and rejection leads many to accept cultural assumptions, in their totality, without critical examination.  Culture, like its name implies, can act in a cult like fashion, homogeneously bending and shaping the way people are “supposed” to think.  Consider how quickly one cultural fad fades into the next and compare that to the rock solid stability of Biblical truth.

The bible, particularly since the Reformation, has been the standard which people of any social or economic status can judge their own and other’s actions.  It is the basis for the historical transition from absolute monarchs to the representative government we have today.  The bible presents standards of conduct, through ordinances and examples, that represent the full counsel of God and His interaction with humanity and humanities response.  Current culture on the other hand represents the best guess estimate of self-appointed experts of societal direction and culture at any given moment.   Being prepared to reject these “experts” pronouncements, whether they are transparently villainous or deceptively benevolent takes a powerful trust and literacy in the reliability of scripture and its accurate description of the human condition.

On the other hand, it can be practically assured that whatever the current cultural mania is from man-made climate change to multicultural diversity or social justice, all will soon be quaint remnants of a bygone era.  Therefore, it’s a good idea to avoid the temptation to synergize current cultural trends with assumed Christian conduct to be more “relevant” in a contemporary cultural sense. Every area of culture needs to be understood and examined in the light of the revelation of scripture.

Jesus did not come to Earth to stop man made climate change or establish social justice.  Nor did he die to defend the Second Amendment or fight globalism.    Jesus died to glorify His Father who willed, that His sacrifice would deliver us from sin and death and bring the assurance of salvation to all who believe.m

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Mathew 28/18-20

The Great Commission is a universal instruction for global impact.   Because of this, Christian who follow the instructions of scripture have enormous and lasting impact on individuals and society while those who engage in synergism with short lived cultural-fads will find themselves frustrated and stymied.  God is glorified when individuals and nations turn from darkness to light. What this looks like is found in the bible.  If our efforts are based on that and not any man-made ideology that at its core rejects the God of the bible, then we can be assured God will be glorified in our effort.m