Christians and Culture: A New Day

Greg Strand – March 12, 2014 1 Comment

Randy Alcorn was asked a question about “how believers should deal with a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christianity.” I greatly appreciated his response as he focused on four key truths from Scripture.

First, Jesus was persecuted and treated unfairly. Disciples ought to expect the same (Jn. 15:20). Though Alcorn appreciates those organizations who work to protect religious liberty and religious rights, he is “concerned if we view ourselves as one more special interest group, clinging to entitlements and whining when people don’t like us. God’s people have a long history of not being liked.”

Second, as Christians, our lives are marked by the gospel we communicate, so when we speak the truth we do so in love and with kindness (Rom. 12:18).

Third, no matter how kind and gracious we are in speech and life, the gospel offends (1 Pet. 4:12).

Fourth, we ultimately seek to please the Lord and no one else. What other people think or say does not deter us from honoring the Lord by our speech and life (Gal. 1:10). He is the One to whom we will give an account, no one else.

What about you? How would you answer this question?

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

One response to Christians and Culture: A New Day

  1. We have blessed by God in not experiencing persecution in America. That may change, but our God is the Great God and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear (I Cor. 10:13). Church leaders need to teach their members that persecution may come and that they need to be ready to stand for Jesus.

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