Part 1 (of 2)
Jesus provided a model and instructions for striking the delicate balance between being countercultural but not counter culture. Taking cues from His example and teachings could spark revival at a time in our nation that is riper for harvest than it may readily appear. Cracks are already becoming evident in the flimsy foundation of a culture transitioning from (justifiable) worship of a flawless Father to (unwarranted) faith in fallible self.
Responding appropriately to the opportunity to offer remediation when that foundation crumbles requires differentiation between perpetrators and victims. Jesus distinguished between those leading people astray and those being misled, treating the latter with much more empathy. As Christ-followers we likewise should seek to understand any differences in the motives of manipulators and those manipulated. However, both are responsible for rejecting Jesus. The lost sheep choose to follow the voice of the wrong shepherd, enticed by sin to seek “freedom” from the shackles of religion, ironically enslaving them to sin.
Yet the greater sin lies with leaders of society’s “7 Mountains” who know establishing new structures requires destroying former ones. In order to maximize power and profit, the influence of Christianity on our citizens must be eradicated. But the path to replace God as the ultimate authority cannot be a straight line. Before people will subject themselves to new authority figures, they must first be brought out from underneath existing paradigms. Deprogramming always precedes reprogramming, which is why Christianity is being systematically discredited and undermined today across all 7 of those “mountains”.
“Woke” is awaking from a supposed sleep induced by parents, preachers, youth group leaders, America’s founders, and anyone else with the audacity to tell people how to live their lives. Once “enlightened” to their true identity and nature, liberated from the arcane idea that mankind is sinful and needs a Savior, society begins its regression into the division, dependence, decadence and decline that eventually demands a (secular) savior. The social decay precipitated by shifting trust and truth from God to self sets the stage for submission to the authorities and structures inevitably needed to salvage the sinking ship.
Understanding those players and dynamics, Scripture provides Christians and churches with a blueprint for responding winsomely and compassionately, without combating or conforming…
No story can have a hero without an enemy and someone to rescue. Humanity’s story already has a Hero who’s impossible to vilify, so many politicians target Jesus’ followers, who opened themselves to criticism by failing to make more disciples who resemble Him. Associating our nation’s Christian heritage, as well as modern leaders, with racism and oppression is a brilliant strategy to rid America of the rules and reign of Christ over our society.
Sheep hear those voices and fall in line, questioning the values of Christianity and the goodness of God. After all, doesn’t God allow natural disasters and pandemics to happen? Isn’t religion the source of most conflict in the world? Why aren’t churches doing much about poverty? Isn’t it government and science that saves the day to fix what God and religion broke?
- Understand what’s happening today is not about politics – it is all spiritual (warfare)
- Resume our rightful place on the front lines of compassion and justice to show God is good
- Season truth with grace, but expose the intent and futility of transitioning faith from Jesus to self (and then) to government
- Realize our countercultural status now in the U.S. is nothing new for Christianity, reacting not with angry attempts to reclaim control of the “7 Mountains” but recommit to discipleship – the only path ever prescribed for the Church, whether in power or persecuted
Government runs public education, its most powerful tool to alter America’s future direction…
Deprogramming starts with perpetuating the myth that America’s youth is our wisest generation, with minds finally unencumbered by fables of creationism and divine intervention that cannot be proven or defy logic. Reprogramming can then begin at progressively earlier ages to indoctrinate in selective or revisionist history designed to incriminate Christians and science that teaches God-free evolution as irrefutable fact.
Most products of secular universities in America today believe that only what we see can exist. “Coming out of the closet” is now a more apt reference to Christian students with the courage to publicize that they believe in the invisible. Faith is a sign of intellectual and emotional weakness, an inability to comprehend the verifiable and a crutch to prop up the insecure. Sadly, since the underlying premise of atheism is flawed, so are the conclusions drawn from it. Many of our children are filtering their thinking through (and shaping their lives around) a false set of assumptions with eternal ramifications – and are doomed to repeat ill-fated history omitted from textbooks.
- Understand that youth are being misguided by professors whose job descriptions and intellectual pride prevent them from confessing that something they cannot explain can exist
- Repair relationships strained or broken when students reject the authority and ideals of parents and pastors, keeping the door open to future conversations about faith
- Learn solid answers to tough questions to reeducate on the truth of Scripture, the agendas of post-Christian leaders, the demise of secular empires, and an unbiased history of Christianity’s impact on our nation (i.e. leading in compassion, abolition, and education)
Students eventually graduate so the attack on religion must extend beyond the classroom…
Only Christianity concerns politicians and educators because lies are not a threat to lies, only truth is. In fact, they’re worried enough to institute a new vernacular, changing the definitions of biblical terms like love, truth, tolerance, justice, self, and pride to fit their narrative. To silence dissenters who dare espouse values that conflict with their terminology, they weaponize those words to accuse Christians of intolerance, injustice, and hatred.
With Christianity pushed to the fringe of decent society, Americans feel more at liberty to declare their independence from its influence. “All roads lead to the same place”, “no one should impose their beliefs on others”, “I’m ok and you’re ok”, and ”you have your truth and I have mine” become seemingly impenetrable defenses against evangelism. None’s and Done’s (with religion) quell conscience and deflect any criticism as “judgment”. The Fatherless search for identity not as a child of God but in their sexuality, gender, politics, careers, or lifestyle choices.
- Understand how secular leaders are engineering a transfer of trust and truth from religion to relativism in order to soon reestablish a new set of absolutes that they will dictate
- Stop following society’s lead by redefining biblical terms like “church” (a place), “outreach” (advertising), “ministry” (internal), “Christian” (churchgoer) and “discipleship” (small groups)
- Rather than lash out at culture, become more transparent, confessing our weaknesses yet reflecting Christ’s holiness to help them see their own sinfulness and need for Him
- Make disciples who can articulate how Christianity is unique among the world’s religions (only we believe a Savior had to come down to us because we could not aspire to reach up to God)
In our next post, we’ll address the remaining 4 “mountains”, giving you and your church more practical ideas for being countercultural but not counter culture…
It’s Your Turn
Please share your thoughts on the recommendations made today and consider biblical responses to the other “mountains” (e.g. Family, Business, and Media) we’re excited to unpack next.