11 Reasons Why Christians Are Wasting Their Time With Culture War

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This topic has been on mind for a while now. You can read my previous thoughts on it here. I’ve been preparing this entry for a few days now, but with today’s events and the explosion of vitriol accompanying them I felt like it was a timely reminder.

1. We were told to love people. Even when we are technically right we can sin in the way that we deliver that truth.

2. War breeds enemies, not neighbors. We’re supposed to love our neighbors. In fact, we’re supposed to love our neighbors as much we love ourselves.

3. We are disciples, not lobbyists.

4. We were told to make disciples, not legislation.

5. It doesn’t address the problem of sin. Sin is the universal injustice.

6. It is waged from a position of insecurity. It is fought with the language of arrogance. It is fueled by prideful posturing.

7. It is an IDOL.

8. It is based on the false assumption that all people have to follow our beliefs. Again, we may be technically right in our beliefs, but being right doesn’t give us the freedom to be belligerent about it.

9. It is a convenient distraction produced by the enemy of our soul. It makes it easy for us to ignore things like investing in real relationships and actually serving people.

10. It is not our purpose. It takes time away from people hearing and seeing the authentic Gospel at work.

11. In culture war there are no winners, only losers.

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 ESV)

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This little blog has seen way more traffic than we ever thought it would when we were discussing these ideas a few nights ago. We’ve since tried to articulate a more robust explanation of why we believe this way about this issue. You can find that response here.

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13 thoughts on “11 Reasons Why Christians Are Wasting Their Time With Culture War

  1. would you not agree that paul as he taught changed culture with the gospel people left witchcraft,idols, fornication homesexuality (men withmen women with women) why can we not have the same today the world is not much different than in pauls time just more tech savey in doing it sin is still sin love the sinner hate the sin. the Gospel is for all and I have studied with people who gave up fornicaion and idol worship to put on Christ and live for Him as redeemed people. lets never be ashamed o the Gospel of Christ. let it do its work one of my best teaching result came when I met an atheist door knocking in tenn. I went back to his house on the way out of town and gave him a Bible because he mentioned he did not own one. all i said was please read the book o John later it was reperted to me that he was baptized and wanted me to know I wish we could always have a Bible on hand just to give away. hey God bless

  2. I’m all for respecting and showing love to everyone, including those who are homosexual. However, I am not going to support it politically and I’m not going to agree that it is acceptable because in Leviticus 18:22 the Lord tells Moses, it says “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” I believe that people that condemn homosexuals are wrong because they aren’t showing Christ-like love. However, it is also wrong to condone the act because the Bible says that it is a sin. Just because I disagree with someone’s lifestyle doesn’t mean I don’t love them or respect them.

    1. So I assume you also do not support the eating of shellfish politically because in Leviticus 11:10 the Lord tell Moses “And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you”.

      1. The difference is that the new testament confirms her example of leviticus where it says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NLT) “Don’t fool yourselves, those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshippers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunks, abusers and swindlers- none of these will have a share in the kingdom of God. There was a time when some of you were like that, but now your sins have been washed away.” Additionally, in Romans 1:26-27, “That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved” Whereas the new testament paints a different picture on the leviticus culture of eating, in 1 corinthians 10:29-31, “Now why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks? If I can thank God for the food and enjoy eating it,why should i be condemned for eating it? Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God”.

    2. All I’m going to say is… how many in the Christian body partake in “strong drink.” How many in the Christian body are “greedy” and are “swindlers?” The Bible states these are not things of the church, yet we do not rally against alcohol, greed, etc. nearly as much as we do with homosexuality.

      In addition, a homosexual is one who lives in sin, correct? Does the man who denies Christ not do the same thing? Are those who are atheist, agnostic, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, etc. not denying Christ? As such, if they are denying Christ, one is to assume they are of sin, correct?

      So let me ask you this… if sin determines the legality of a GOVERNMENT approved marriage, why are you not all fighting to strip away the marriage license of every couple who is not of Christian belief? This is a legitimate question, because you’re isolating one sin and that’s wrong.

  3. I have no clue who you are, but this post is one the most insightful that I have read regarding all of the social and cultural arguments that have occurred lately. Thank you so much for putting so much into perspective!

  4. If That is how God leads you (as a distinct, unique part of Christ’s body) God bless! I agree that whatever we do needs to be done in love and if you are lead by the Holy Spirit to avoid the culture war, you are wise to do it. However, God leads his different members in a variety of ways because he is such a creative sovereign genius! I cannot know how God will lead you anymore then you can know in what area God will lead me. If the Holy Spirit guides me or another believer to stand for God’s ordained plan for marriage or perhaps in a pro-life movement to support the unborn child’s right to live and bring glory to God, so be it! How can any believer judge another believers heart? Only the God knows the all hearts and understands the Spirit completely (Romans 8) Our responsibility is to follow God’s Spirit for us. Not to figure out God’s will for someone else. To love God first, others second. To be a respecter of God and not man. For this reason, I will not throw stones at my fellow believers who are lead to stand up against homosexual marriage and I will not throw stones at my fellow believers who feel lead to sit down and do nothing about it. I will say that, I hope they are praying for us and our country as they remain seated. We should all continue praying for our country, each other and that God will be glorified on earth as He is in heaven. It is my personal belief that He is not glorified through homosexual marriage and I will firmly stand against it…and continue to try to love the lost in the process. Not an easy task but, the Holy Spirit (who lives in us) is more than able! Praise God!

  5. For everyone tempted to leave the same tired responses about what you believe and condoning sin and blah blah blah. It’s already been said. Talking about Leviticus until you’re blue in the face isn’t going to make anything better, it’s just going to demonstrate how when it’s somebody else’s alleged sin it’s important to make huge hermeneutic stretches like caring about a law code that the book of Acts threw out completely. (And no Paul didn’t put it back in)

    Everybody knows or has heard already that there’s lots of good arguments for why you should be nice to gay people, like Jesus said to, and how the notion of people being one sexuality or another didn’t exist back then so the Bible can’t speak to the notion of someone being anything other than a heterosexual person who happened to have sex with men (any other notion would have been foreign to the time.)

    You all have every possible reason to love your neighbour, and your neighbour in many cases happens to be gay. So just lay down your own pride, buck up, and stop making Jesus continue to forgive your wonton arrogance. It’s not okay to hate gays, it’s not okay to even proudly disapprove of their love, the only option that you have if you’re going to call yourself a Christian is to kneel down and pray and say, “Father, forgive my sins and help me see others the way you see them.”

    Don’t make God make your kids gay just to teach you how to love properly.

  6. David, Romans chapter one explains why societal sins take place. It is when reject God, he gives them over to a debase mind. Sin isn’t an act as much as it is falling short of the Glory of God. Sexual promiscuity of all types including homosexuality are a symptom not the disease. And just so you know I am not taking a verse out of context, I will share it with you.

    For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32 NKJV)

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