Please remember me in prayer for my conference in Detroit, Nov. 6-8. The theme we have chosen is “Living for Jesus in an Un-Christian World.” We’ll be working our way through the little epistle of Jude.
In this series of posts I would like to touch on several of the issues we will be discussing during our weekend together. I’m working on a booklet with the title of the conference that I hope can be done by the November weekend.
Before we look at the little letter from Jude to a group of Jesus-followers, let’s think about the issue of life in this world. How is the Christian to conduct himself or herself in this God-forsaking, Bible-rejecting, Jesus-ignoring culture?
Although we could multiply such negative descriptors of our world, we must first acknowledge that there is much good in the universe that God has made, and we are commanded to enjoy His physical blessings with thanksgiving (I Tim. 6). However, we find ourselves in a progressively unchristian or post-christian or even anti-Christian environment. The Supreme Court decision on June 26, 2015, legitimated same-sex marriages, forbidding all states from banning such unions.
The 1973 Roe v. Wade SCOTUS decision, one which has cost the lives of an estimated fifty-five million children made in the image of God, rocked the Christian world — and we have been unable to do anything to have that ruling overturned. The third most populous country in the world with 321 million people, the United States, one might argue, has systematically executed almost 1/6 of its citizens.
What are the believer’s options in living for Jesus in such an un-Christian world? There appear to be only four possible choices that a Christian can make. The first option is:
CONFORMITY: The believer in Jesus can choose to not rock the boat, to become exactly like the world around him, holding the same ethical values as his culture, and live a relatively conflict-free life in comfort. The world will then see no discernible differences between believers and unbelievers, but will also have no reason to persecute those who claim to be Jesus-followers. They will be seen as people who have nothing better to do on Sundays than attend half-empty churches, sing ancient songs to each other, and occasionally enjoy a pot-luck meal together. The Christian can choose to conform. (to be continued)