By David Anguish
What a tough
place for a person with principles to live! There are
people here from everywhere. All have brought their
beliefs, values, and vices. Some endorse higher standards,
in some cases even belief in the Judeo-Christian God. But,
their voices are hard to hear in the clatter of a culture
immersed in pluralism.
seeking to win people to Christ faces a daunting task that
must begin with education before it can attempt
persuasion. When meeting someone who doesn’t follow Jesus,
he must learn to which of some fifty or sixty worldviews
he will need to respond.
in this society to correctly worship God is yet another
daunting task. It is a world in which it is not at all
uncommon to hear of religious ceremonies that are more
wild party than homage to the holy. For instance, one
group is known to feature wild dancing, free flowing adult
beverages, and music that comes closer to that of some
of our chart-topping bands in its style than to “Holy,
Holy, Holy.” Some of its rites are also compatible with an
active red-light district. That’s not hard to find either,
thriving as it does, not in a specially zoned part of
town, but on the main thoroughfare.
disciple can get a hearing, persuade others to follow
Jesus, and get a church going, helping it become
spiritually mature is yet another challenge. The
beliefs, values, and virtues taught by Jesus are just so
different. Libertine habits are part of the converts’
cultural DNA. The anything-goes way of life they recently
have left pulls at them to return. How can one possibly
think he will succeed in leading them to seek the purity
called for by Christ?
are a special problem. This is a world where husbands do
as they want, when they want. Wives need a man for
pragmatic reasons, but respect him? You can’t be
serious. And then there’s the challenge of getting through
to the young people who are coming of age in a world where
so many voices advocate more liberty than they’re going to
hear endorsed at church.
believer to do? Keep the faith, trusting God to help him
live up to his holy calling even in a world like this.
Will it work? Well, Paul thought so — in first century
Ephesus (Eph. 4:1-6:9). Because, you see, that is the
place I’ve just described. Think about
- David Anguish preaches for Church of
Christ at Southwind, Memphis, TN. He may be
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