Nena Arias | September 10, 2018
There is no doubt that you and I live in challenging and important spiritual, political and cultural times. Even though human history repeats itself it is undeniable that we live at a fast pace due to technology and how fast communication has accelerated. We receive information in seconds, and this can cause huge social shifts more rapidly than ever and the world can change in a relatively short time. This is all the more reason why it is vital for every Christian to know what they believe and why they believe it.
Barriers are up, and our culture seems constantly in disagreement with our Christian faith. It is astonishing what was once unthinkable is now not only accepted but celebrated. In recent years, too many of these shifts have shaken millennial old foundations and this has many of God’s people in shock and they don’t know what to do with this since it seems the majority are going with the flow regardless of what God’s Word teaches on each one of these subjects. Attitudes about marriage, beliefs about family, perceptions of economics, business, and the arts — all of this lets us know that definitely we are living an accelerated cultural and spiritual decline. Even so, this is no time to cower or capitulate. Just the opposite, it is a time for confidence to arise because we know in whom we have believed and who holds the world in his hands. He has the last word in all that we see happening around us in every area of life.
Like never before in our lifetime, we need clarity and conviction to live for Christ and His kingdom. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
Matters of religion and politics are two of the most difficult topics for Christians to discuss today but that is precisely why they should not shy away from those all-important topics. As Christians, no matter where we are, the content of our conversations should generate light and understanding, and it should provoke critical thinking in the hearers. A Christian worldview informs every aspect of life – including politics – and our conversations should be addressing this cultural moment accurately and very much on the offense not only on the defense.
Knowing what we believe and why we believe it will always generate confidence, no matter what cultural challenges we have to face.The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil. Proverbs 15:28