When we invite each other to ‘engage culture’, as Christians what do we mean?
We are called to build relationships that meet people where they are. This requires us to share love rather than cast judgment. We welcome interactions where we can celebrate that we are all made in God’s image and precious to Him. As we abide within the body of Christ, we ourselves continue to learn, grow and bare the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23; patience, joy, kindness, self-control, etc.) and we gladly share these fruits with non-believers through our faith-filled works.
And remember, we are not alone! God never expected us to experience our walk with Christ in isolation. We have our brothers and sisters here to help us become better just as Christ helped his disciples become better believers and to do great things. We laugh, we dance, we eat good, we fall down, we cry and get right back up together! That is the beauty of relationships and what makes community so essential to our faith.
We are in this world but not of it (John 17:14-16). We have beliefs, opinions, and values that invite disagreements and sometimes people are not ready to hear the good news we have to share. That’s okay. Jesus’ ministry required him to have difficult conversations, shake some tables and call on God for instruction. We are always learning through the example of Christ Jesus. How did He behave in the company of non-believers and believers? What were His motivations? What did He say and do that showed courage and inspired others to follow his example?
Engaging culture is a call to action. I encourage you all to walk with me as I remember that this journey is meant to change my life so that I can lead by example how others may change their lives in Christ Jesus’ name.