The War for the Culture
Portions of this topic have been discussed here before, however, it would be beneficial to dig deeper into the subject of the cultural war going on around us. The church has always been at the heart of the battle for the culture since its birth at the resurrection of Christ. We cannot hide behind the walls of our buildings and watch the culture pass by, but we also cannot take matters into our own hands and try to force-feed morality upon the culture. Cultural pressure may temporarily curb the behavior of the social norm, but it cannot change hearts. A culture quickly casts off restraint when the opportunity arises. Consider the words of Psalm 2:2-3
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us."
The battle is not about you or your church, but about man's willingness to subject himself to God. This is why the cultural war cannot be won at the ballot box, and cannot be won at the legislation assembly. It is often said that you cannot legislate morality. This is a half-truth. All legislation is based on morality. We legislate crime at every level because stealing is a moral issue that must be restrained. Murder is a moral issue that must be restrained. Our culture recognizes the value of preserving life and property, but without a moral foundation, it is not possible to legislate personal moral choices.
When the boundaries are removed, the culture has no standard by which to measure the dictates of the heart. A cultural standard can only stand upon a solid moral foundation. The culture stays in check by peer pressure, but when there is a shift in thinking, restraint is quickly cast aside. This is also explained in Proverbs 29:18
18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.
The word 'revelation' is often ...
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