What would you say is the biggest setback American Christians have experienced in the “culture wars” over past year?  I know what you’re thinking, but trust me, it’s not that.  I’d like to suggest that the biggest setback is something we Christians have done to ourselves.

Look, I believe the U.S. Supreme Court decision to redefine marriage was a setback.  But an even bigger one is that in our zeal to defend the standards of God’s Word we’ve positioned ourselves as “angry Bible readers” and pushed people even further from the Good News.

So what should we do?  First, as Rod Dreher wrote in an essay for TIME, “We have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist.”  But hang on.  Didn’t the Apostle Peter say that centuries ago; we’re “aliens and strangers” in this world (1 Peter 2:11 NASB )?  Then second, we have to recognize that being angry and combative about sexual issues hasn’t worked.  It’s been “a communications disaster,” as David Brooks wrote in the New York Times.

So what should we do?  What if instead of using all our energy and resources fighting the culture wars we focused our efforts on making a winsome case for the Bible?  My instincts say positive engagement is “a more excellent way.”

For a long time I’ve been convinced the best strategy for bringing biblical values to society is for the church to become passionate about reading and living its own Book.  Then Christians will have the spiritual credibility to offer an attractive alternative to the prevailing secular worldview, a worldview that I believe leaves people hungry for truth.  Maybe that’s why the Apostle Paul said, “In every way…make the teaching about God our Savior attractive” (Titus 2:10 NIV).  At least it’s worth a try.  Amen?

Making the Bible Attractive

7 thoughts on “Making the Bible Attractive

  • October 23, 2015 at 5:34 am
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    I must go with anoymous untill i get a non school email, anyways, You handled all opposition and settled all arguments well. Don't listen to the haters, you rocked!

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  • October 31, 2015 at 8:05 pm
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    The biblical method of spreading the truth, the way of prophets, Jesus, the apostles, and early church is all that we have to guide us in our approach to engage with those the holy spirit inspires us to reach. And then of course is the method of YHWH himself. But as you rightly noted, we won't know these things unless we ourselves are living the word in daily reading and application. The word becomes food and sustains us. In the word is the way, truth, and life.

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  • December 23, 2015 at 5:53 pm
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    Titus 2:10 KJV
    [10] Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

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  • December 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm
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    Whitney, I concur with your sentiments. Thankfully, we can repent and call on our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ for discernment both now and in the future. L.S. III

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  • January 8, 2016 at 1:17 am
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    I believe that there is a separation between our daily lives and our worship for God, the task at hand is to join together worship and our daily lives harmoniously, as it should be. As God would want us to.

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