Last Sunday, we asked the question, “How should the church and we as individual Christ-followers engage the culture in which we live?” There is no more important question for the church than how we look at the culture we live in; how we engage the culture…our posture toward it. The Big Idea is that we are called to be both distinctively different AND fully engaged (NOTE from Matthew 5:13-16: “You are the light of the world…you are the salt of the earth!”)
I referenced a very important book by Andy Crouch called Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. He outlines the different ways the church, especially in America, has approached culture: Condemning, Critiquing, Consuming, and Copying culture. Crouch posits that the most biblical posture includes both Cultivating (nurturing and embracing the best in a culture) and Creating culture (we are called from Genesis 1 on to be co-creators and stewards of God’s world!) Here is a review from Books and Culture that provides a good summary and stresses the importance of this dialog for us to BE the church in today’s world. Click Here.
I would also recommend another work by John Stackhouse called (interestingly) Making the Best of It: Following Christ In The Real World. He includes an examination of the lives and works of C. S. Lewis, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer for example and direction.
To listen to the sermon from 6-20-10, “Set Free to Engage the Culture!” click here.