Walt Mueller in his annual review of the MTV Video Music Awards provided a great reminder for us as we called to make disciples in a culture that is growing more hostile to the gospel.
The gospel is counter-cultural.
We need to realize just how counter-cultural the Gospel is. . . and how counter to the Gospel our culture can be. Now is not the time to sit around and wallow in despair as we lament the state of our culture. If we do that, then we are playing right into the hands of the enemy. Paralysis brings the enemy great joy and gives him days off. I am convinced that parents and youth workers are so very, very important and influential. As parents and youth workers, we need to know the truth, live the truth, and tell the truth. But we need to do more than that. We need to love those who don’t know the truth, live the truth with mercy and grace in the midst of those who don’t know the truth, and tell the truth to those who have no idea what the truth really is. The table has been set and a hungry culture is seated and waiting for the Gospel to be served. It’s not about a culture war. It’s about engaging with and loving individuals.
It reminds me of a truth that Josh McDowell has shared – “Truth without relationships leads to rejection.”