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October 28, 2011

Is Culture a Lost Cause?

Is Culture a Lost Cause?

Yesterday we talked about how faith demands we pay attention to what's happening in the world. Because of the Lordship of Christ and the conflict that creates. Following Jesus takes us into that conflict, and that's okay.

But I think some Christians seek to avoid this cultural engagement because they feel like it's a lost cause. Honestly, I feel like that sometimes, too. But it's not true. As the late John Stott once wrote, "It's ludicrous to say Christians could have no influence in society. It's biblically and historically mistaken. No life ever lived on this planet has been so influential on the affairs of men like the life of Jesus Christ."

Christianity's influence has brought more learning, freedom, science and relief from illness, disaster, poverty and war than any other force in history. And the tools those Christians had we still do. Prayer, truth, the Holy Spirit and the church. Come to to read this terrific article by John Stott. For The Point, I'm John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Four Ways Christians can Influence the World
John Stott | Christianity Today | October 20, 2011 (posthumous)

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