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Christian Culture is Established by Example

All things work together for good to them who love God

Christian culture is the expression of what we Christians do and make, which provides evidence of what we believe. It has been argued that Christian culture can never live in this world simply because the rest of the world populace outnumbers us. You’ll never get all the Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Satanists and all other non-Christians to agree to live in a Christian culture. It’s a strong argument but God does tell us how the world will proceed, and it gets worse, not better. But we never give up and quit in hopelessness. No, we establish Christian culture one  person and one home at a time.

I’ve been one to always think that, collectively, we can make a huge impact in culture for Christ. To do that we need to come together with that purpose in mind, hence The Christian Culture Center was born. I have not been able to do much with it yet, but it’s an offering to the Lord to do what he wants with it if anything. But he has shown me that everything worthwhile has to come from the spirit of God within the born again believer. It all starts with the individual, the one who says they want to be and do whatever it is their Lord Jesus Christ wants.

I believe Christian culture is established by way of example. Let me clarify what I mean by that. Many people will view good examples differently. The more religious and self-righteous may view a good example as a person who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t gamble, doesn’t stay out late and doesn’t break the law in any way, not even getting a parking ticket. Christians may be like that, but they also may not be. We’re not to judge according to the flesh.

Those ‘good’ things can be done by non-Christians, wouldn’t you agree? Do you know anyone who isn’t a Christian who doesn’t drink, smoke, steal, cheat, gamble, rape and murder people? I know plenty so I’m sure you must as well. So a lifestyle that avoids all those things may be healthy, may be good, may exhibit goodness, but the person living it may still know nothing about God and Jesus and may know but want nothing to do with them. ‘Good’ people can be spiritually dead. Spiritually alive Christians can exhibit things in their lifestyle others consider ‘bad.’ God is the judge, not us. Outside the obvious sins such as rape, murder, thievery, etc. we are not to judge one another. You can read Romans 15 and 16 which explains all about that.

Now I’m not advocating that you take up smoking if you don’t smoke now, or that you start drinking or gambling or stealing or any of those things. And I’d advise you to quit smoking if you inhale and are therefore addicted. I’d advise you to quit drinking if you can’t drink and stop after one or two because you would be ‘under the power’ of it instead of being in control of it. But bear with me a moment and let’s go deeper. Let’s get into the spiritual reality of the Christian walk. The Bible says it’s not so much the things we do or don’t do in the physical realm that are important, but those things we do in the spiritual realm.

Let’s take an example. One with a sterling lifestyle, who is an unbeliever, comes upon a hopeless situation. Something has happened that impacts that person’s life in a major way, perhaps a relative has died or someone has contracted a deadly disease. Maybe it’s not so dramatic — the person lost their job because of cut-backs or something  like that. What doe this person do? I’ll tell you what he doesn’t do. He doesn’t pray. He doesn’t seek God to help him and guide his steps. He’s on his own. He’ll seek every other way to change or alleviate his situation.

What does a Christian do differently? Think about it, you know the answer! The Christian prays. The Christian seeks God’s help. The Christian doesn’t despair like those who don’t have Christ on their side; the Christian hopes and believes all things work together for good to them who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

What a marvelous promise! No matter what it looks like, all things — not some things, not one thing here or one thing there — all thing work together for good to them who love God and are called by him.

Do you love God? Then you’ve been called by him and you are responding. Your relationship with your Father God and your Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate expression of your faith. It is the ultimate example you can give in this world! Do you understand what I’m saying here?

When your lifestyle demonstrates your love for God and people spiritually, then you will be a sterling example of Christ in this world. Yes, you’ll need at least a basic knowledge of God’s Word to know and understand God’s overall will, and you’ll learn that as you continue to grow in God’s grace. To be a good witness of Jesus Christ, the main ingredient is to grow in your relationship with him and your Father God. Read the Word, pray, listen and act. Read the Word, pray, listen and act. It’s a lifestyle of being in relationship with him who saved you and saves you daily.

Being a good witness of Jesus Christ doesn’t center on the physical. You may have a drink or two if you’d like; all the Bible says is not to be a drunkard. Remember that Paul, speaking of the age of grace in which we live, said, “All things are lawful unto me but I won’t be brought under the power of any.” The book of Colossians corrects this kind off attitude that says you can’t do this or that and that your righteousness is based on those kinds of things. Your righteous only because of what Christ did — righteousness was imputed to you, it wasn’t your own doing. This is one of the most important lessons to learn for new and seasoned Christians alike. Nothing we do makes us righteous. Our own righteousness is as filthy rags.

Help to establish Christian culture by living a spiritual lifestyle. Spiritual doesn’t mean cleaned-up physical. It is way above and beyond that. Let your lifestyle radiate your relationship with your Father God and your Lord Jesus Christ. Pray and teach people how to pray. Read the Word and teach people how to read the Word. Trust God to supply all your need according to His riches in Christ Jesus and teach others how to do the same. These are the things that make a difference not whether you smoke a cigar or not.  That’s how to establish Christian culture by example: grow in your spiritual relationship with your Father God and your Lord Jesus Christ.

Let the example of your relationship with your Father God and your Lord Jesus Christ be a witness to others and you will help to establish Christian culture — by way of example.

 

 

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