I am enjoying reading “Counter Culture” by David Platt. If you think this is a weird way to start a blog post, by all means, keep reading. It will get better.
It’s the kind of book that inspires you to actually do something to change the world.
I’d been all caught up in reading it, silently “amen-ing” to his points (my mom says I actually nod away at my book while reading. Like I do in church during the sermon), devouring chapter after chapter, until I realized—I hadn’t even cracked open the cover of my Bible that day.
Talk about conviction! Here I am reading a book on countering culture with our Christianity and spirituality and I hadn’t even been in my guidebook—I hadn’t even taken the time to arm myself with time with God.
It kind of reminds me of the Christians walking around today (or perhaps pseudo-christians?).
We have many Christians championing causes and rights around the world (which is all well and good—hurrah for them!). Things that are very important—like ending child labor and sex trafficking, saving our planet, rescuing mistreated animals, and the list continues.
However, many Christians find it easier and more appealing to work for these causes then to truly dedicate ourselves to a deep relationship with God.
And it’s easy to see that working for causes and rights is something that the world approves of. You will find many people who applaud you for and agree with you about changes that benefit society like I mentioned above.
But if you are truly living radically in Christ’s love, and displaying His name and attributes, you will find the world turn a cold shoulder to you (or attack you).
The world is not supposed to love us, applaud us, and promote us.
If we live the radical love of Jesus, the world is convicted, and hates us out of it’s own guilt.
The world thinks it’s perfectly fine to be moral. The world likes moral people. But the world does not think it’s fine to be Godly.
The world hates to see Christ in us, but that is exactly what we are as Christians.
As wrong as it is to be a Christian and not do anything to counter the evil around you, it is wrong to focus only on the temporary causes of life and not on your relationship with God.
The way we keep in touch with God and learn His attributes, change into His likeness and talk to Him, is through prayer and Bible reading.
Whatever is in your day is what influences you. If you do not have the daily influence of your Bible in your life, you are essentially like a car running (or trying to run) without fuel.
When we spend time with God and enhance our relationship with Him, we will be able to bring a love, fervor, and energy to the causes we help out with that we would be unable to without God.
May we seek to deepen our relationship with Christ, and out of that will grow the motivation to change the world.
If you haven’t read “Counter Culture” by David Platt, I highly recommend it!
These are some thoughts I have on the subject.
What do you think?
Are Christians of today too focused on worldwide causes and rights, or not focused enough on them?
What are some ways we can stay focused on Christ in the highly pervasive wickedness around us?