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Worldview Made Practical - Issue 3-23

Worldview Made Practical - Issue 3-23

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Published by Freddy Davis
Fighting the Culture War Against the Odds
Fighting the Culture War Against the Odds

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Introduction
You are no doubt aware that America is deeply engaged in a culture war. Everywhere we look there is evidence to beseen. And the evidence is becoming more prominent every day. We see it in the stores which are unwilling to even usethe word Christmas in their holiday season advertising, the increasingly prominent fight over abortion and homosexualmarriage, activist judges foisting euthanasia on society as a “human right,” schools not allowing sports teams to pray be-fore a game and on and on. It is sad to say, but this war is getting ever bigger, and Christians are taking the brunt of it all.As Christians, the main emphasis of our lives cannot be on fighting the culture wars per se. Our main effort must be onbuilding the Kingdom of God. But here is the rub. Every effort we make to build the Kingdom of God results in us fightingthe culture wars. We must be careful to keep our focus on what is most important while at the same time being aware of the full scope of our task. If we are not equipped to deal with the culture war issues, that is evidence that we are notequipped to effectively share our faith. Living a Christian life in an increasingly hostile world is much more complicatedthan it used to be. Today’s article helps us to understand this issue.
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America is already much inclined toward a relativistic world-view foundation. Secular Humanism and Postmodernismare now as much a part of the American value system asthe Christian faith. Oh sure, most people still call them-selves Christians, but the label is not nearly as important asthe mindset. And the predominant mindset in American cul-ture now solidly embraces moral relativism. The result of this is evident in the culture and is playing out in every as-pect of our society.We are seeing more and more judges in high positions whomake their decisions based on their own value system rath-er than on the constitutional documents they are supposedto interpret. This ends up turning traditional morality on itshead by redefining the meaning of the very words of our language. If a word can mean anything, then people canuse those words to legitimize any behavior.We are electing people to executive offices who hold valueswhich are contrary to the Christian faith. The most high pro-file person right now is our president elect who has alreadypromised to support homosexual marriage and abortion tothe highest degree possible. He is already putting people inplace who will make these policies pervasive at every levelof society.We are electing people to legislative offices who hold val-ues which are contrary to our Christian faith. In both the USSenate and House of Representatives, the party whichmost strongly supports anti-Christian values holds verystrong majorities. They
will 
enact legislation which promotespolicies and activities that run contrary to our Christian be-liefs.
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MarketFaith Ministries is an equipping ministry which is focused on helping Christians become more effectivein living out their faith in the midst of the increasingly diverse worldview environment of modern society.
Contact MarketFaith Ministries
312 Anton Dr.Tallahassee, FL 32312info@marketfaith.orghttp://www.marketfaith.orgToll Free: 888-883-0656Phone: 850-383-9756Fax: 850-514-4571
Volume 3 Number 23 December 10, 2008
Fighting the Culture War Against the Odds
 
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Already for many years people, with anti-Christian beliefs have dominated our news media, our educational institutions,and our entertainment industry. These people have thoroughly indoctrinated our children and pacified those who havetried to speak out against them.So, what are we to conclude from this? If you are a Christian who truly holds to a Christian worldview, you have beendominated. Not just that, but most Christians don’t even know how to deal with those who would put them down.With that as a starting point, what choices do Christians have? There are actually several possibilities. We can tuck our tail between our legs and run away. We can express an uninformed point of view and legitimately be humiliated by our opponents. Or, we can decide that we have been wimps long enough, learn the things we need to know and get our-selves into positions of influence.The fact is, the Christian point of view is very powerful. It is 100% defensible. Even more than that, it is capable of over-coming the arguments of every other point of view. But no argument is any good if you don’t know how to make it. Noposition is viable if you are not willing to stand up for it.The reality is that we Christians, as a whole, simply have not put ourselves in a position to make our case. That is thebad news. But there is good news. The good news is that we can turn this around. It will not be easy and it will not hap-pen overnight, but we can do it. So, what do we need to do to fight this culture war from the position we find ourselves in – where the odds are heavily stacked against us?
1. Recognize Where We Are
We are very blessed to live in America. We often hear this sentiment expressed and have perhaps even said it our-selves. But it is true in some very tangible ways. You can actually be put in jail by the government for becoming a Chris-tian if you live in Iran or Saudi Arabia. If you become a Christian in some parts of India you are very likely to be hunteddown by a mob, beaten, and your house burned down. If you live in China you can be hunted down and put into reedu-cation camps if you meet with other Christians outside of the officially sanctioned church. And this is only a small sam-pling of the places where Christians are severely persecuted. Yes, we are blessed in America.
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MarketFaith Ministries is focused directly on this topic. We are seeking to equip Christians to keep the main thing themain thing while becoming capable of standing strong against beliefs which are increasingly breaking down our society.One effort we are currently preparing for is the upcoming
Worldview Summit for Ministry Professionals.
This will be con-ducted in January of 2009. The purpose of this summit is to share worldview training with pastors in order to help thembecome better able to equip their own church members. We are working to do this without any cost to the participants.To do this, we are seeking the support of Christians who believe in what we are doing. If you would be willing to help uswith this project, please send your 
tax deductible
donation to MarketFaith Ministries, 321 Anton Dr., Tallahassee, FL32312. It is also possible to donate online at the MarketFaith Ministries website at www.marketfaith.org. Simply click onthe “donate” button. We would deeply appreciate your support.Please feel free to contact me at any time with your thoughts, opinions and suggestions. It is always a joy to hear fromyou.God bless,Freddy
Find these books along with othergreat worldview resources atwww.marketfaith.org
 
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That being said, there is a huge attack going on even right here in America. There have been numerous cases whereChristians have been arrested or threatened by government or law enforcement officials for sharing their faith on publicsidewalks. Some communities have passed laws which do not allow Christian professionals or business people to declineserving and working with people they disagree with on moral grounds. There are places where Christian social servicenetworks have literally been shut down because they would not place children in homosexual homes.As good as we have it, Christians are being pinched more and more and the prospect for the future is grim. There is virtu-ally no doubt that it is going to become increasingly more difficult for Christians to live out their faith in the marketplace.This is a reality and we must face up to it.
2. Figure Out What We Need to Do
On a macro level, it would sure be good if Christians could speak with one voice to influence the direction of the moralflow in our country. But to do that requires a significant amount of organization on a massive level. Certainly there are or-ganizations which we, as Christians, can rally around to support our values. There are some very good parachurch orga-nizations, such as MarketFaith Ministries, which try to speak for Christians. And many Christian denominations try tospeak out for their constituencies. But the fact is, Christianity is so divided organizationally that it is virtually impossible tototally depend on this kind of approach. We ought to use the organizational structures we have as best we can. But ulti-mately we must depend on our own personal understanding and involvement to accomplish the things God has for our lives.
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Past Issues
of 
Worldview Made Practical
are availablefree of charge in .pdf (Acrobat) format in the archives athttp://www.marketfaith.org.PERMISSION TO REPRINT: If you wish to reprint thismonth’s article in your own print or electronic newsletter,please include the following paragraph:Reprinted from
Worldview Made Practical
; a free e-zineproduced by MarketFaith Ministries featuring practicalteaching and life tools to help Christians become more ef-fective in their faith life. Discover MarketFaith Ministries atwww.marketfaith.org.As individuals, we are called by God to be stewards, or managers, of his world. As such, we need to discover our personal calling and move forward to accomplish that for our own lives. Normally we use the word stewardship inChristian circles when we are talking about financial mat-ters. But the concept actually has a much broader applica-tion.As it relates to interacting with our culture, God has calledus to promote his agenda in the world. He has designedthe world to work a certain way and operate by valueswhich reflect his character. Unfortunately, there are other value systems which have become prominent, and whichliterally go against his purposes. Our primary focus is not tofight culture wars, it is to build the Kingdom of God. Unfor-tunately, one of the side effects of promoting his kingdomputs us right in the middle of the wars. As such, we mustbe willing to stand up for kingdom values as we engage inthe activities which are primary – bringing people into rela-tionship with God. If we don’t do this, the culture will devel-op in ways which literally hinder the progress of God’spurposes.There is not just one single plan that can be laid out whichevery Christian can follow. God has a calling for each of our lives which we must individually discern. But there aresome general categories that we can distinguish. We cer-tainly need to be active in sharing our faith with others. Wealso need to be aware of the trends in society which areworking against God’s purposes and do what we can tostand against them. This may involve staying informed po-litically and sharing our views with those in political power.It may also mean becoming personally involved with our church or some parachurch organization to promote Chris-tian values. Whatever the specifics, we need to sit downand make a precise plan as to how we are going to individ-ually plug into building God’s kingdom.
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Support MarketFaith Ministries
The purpose of MarketFaith Ministries is to equip the Bodyof Christ to become more effective by sharing the practicalapplications of worldview. We are involved in developingtraining and resource materials for that very purpose. If you would like to partner with us in this effort, you maysend your tax deductible contribution to MarketFaith Minis-tries, 321 Anton Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32312.

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