Christians, Crouch and Culture

Greg Strand – June 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Andy Crouch is an astute cultural observer. He has written some very helpful works for believers as we live in this day marked by huge changes. He navigates such that it neither leads to capitulation to culture nor separation from culture. While living in this cultural tension, Crouch seeks “to encourage Christians to engage in culture in a way that is redemptive.”

Recently Crouch was interviewed regarding the “cultural tension,” particularly as it relates to “marriage, singleness, and social media.” Below I list the Five Questions With Author Andy Crouch

  1. Soon, the Supreme Court is going to issue an opinion on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans, and I’m sure there will be a fresh round of name calling, inflammatory status updates, and half-baked pontificating from all sides. What advice do you have for fellow believers who want to join in the discussion?
  2. Unwanted singleness among Christian women is becoming more and more normal in the church. Based on your journalistic work in the church, you have a 10,000-foot view that most of us don’t enjoy. Do you see any way for us to turn this ship around and rescue a generation of families that we are losing as young men wait indefinitely to get married?
  3. You’ve written a lot about Christians and their obligation to engage with the broader culture. I don’t think it’s wise for us to shut out all media that doesn’t 100 percent agree with our values. But when do you think it’s a good idea to avoid a movie or music because it’s too violent, too sexually explicit, or too hateful?
  4. You fasted from social media at the beginning of the year. What fears or anxieties did that bring up in you?
  5. What advice do you have for young believers who are prolifically using social media as a platform for their creative pursuits?

Please read Crouch’s answers to these questions.

How would you respond to them? What other questions are important to ask?

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.

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