My heart was captivated recently by the question, “have we settled for morality?” What I mean by this question is has the Christian church, particularly in America, settled on debating the culture merely on issues of morality. This question is probably for more significant that you or I think and
What I want to demonstrate is that, however well intentioned it may be, contending merely for morality is flawed at its root. When I uncover a few of the flaws, many will wholeheartedly agree with these flaws. However, what we need to do is not agree on these flaws, but
The first century church did not act and think like moralists, rather they spoke as ambassadors of another kingdom. If they had merely been moralists, with Jesus Christ being their chosen path to morality, they would not have faced the wrath of Rome. The Jews found ways to live in
To properly assess the issue of the church and society, the church must address the issue of repentance. It is tragic in our day that repentance has been reduced to a few tears and a little grief over sin. Repentance does not simply address moral failures, which again are symptoms
So if the primary battleground is not morality in the public sphere, what is it? I want to present that the current battleground for the health of the nation might quite possible be, not the Castro district, but the church. Now this is not to suggest we ignore the issues
We must note to that this lack of expression of the Kingdom of God has had a dreadful effect on our evangelism. Could it be that some of the intense opposition to the gospel that we see is a result of cultural clashes that are merely based in morality? Is
Let’s take one last look at the Pharisees. Do not forget that they were the conservative evangelicals of the day. They were not out of the mainstream, nor were they theological liberals. They were fighting with everything they had for the supremacy of the Scriptures in Jewish life and practice.
Now it is time for me to bring things into balance. Morality is significant as is an outward indicator of inward realities. The morality of a culture is significant because it can be used as a barometer of the people. Yes, there are times and places where we have to