Leading in the Face of Cultural Change

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Now, A recent Supreme Court ruling has Evangelical Christians fuming everywhere. As we’re all aware the Supreme Court made Gay Marriage legal in all 50 states. This comes as a blow to many Christians as they see  it as a further degrading of culture and American Society.

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We’ve all seen the posts on Facebook about how God is “going to bring judgement on this nation for this”. I mean ok great I’m glad you’re engaged in current events…

But…

As Christian Leaders we need to be aware that:

1. Christianity and Culture Have Never Seen Eye to Eye and That’s Ok

Christianity is counter-cultural. Americans are so conditioned to politicians and laws going their way. But the reality is that God’s wisdom and the world’s wisdom will never match. (Read 1 Corinthians). What Christians believe will always fly in the face of what the “powerful” on Earth are doing. So if you are not used to that reality it is time to realize that is how it is going t0 be. As leaders we must recognize this so we can show hope to those who despair in the loss of the “culture wars”.

2. We Should Work Hard to Change Hearts. Not Laws

God doesn’t need laws or an Earthy institution to see his work fulfilled. Americans have fallen into the trap that politicians and laws and culture changes a person’s heart. This is just wrong. There is nothing your congressman, president, or Supreme Court Justice can do to advance Christianity in America that was not already blessed by God. As leaders we must teach people that we need to work as individuals and churches to turn people to Jesus, not force laws onto people thinking it will turn them to Jesus.

3. Fighting against a Certain Group of People With Such Fervor Like We Have Repels not Attracts people to Jesus

Look the LGBT Community has to be constantly on the defensive against Evangelical Christianity because of many leaders’ stance on them as evil, immoral, despicable human beings. This is a categorically false representation of Christianity and God’s love. No one is asking you to condone homosexuality. Jesus is asking you to love everyone though.

I realize this is a tricky subject but let us set out to show Christian Leadership is for Jesus’ love not unconditional hate.

Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Grape Grove Church of Christ in Jamestown, Ohio. He is newly married to his awesome wife Jenna and together they have 2 spoiled dogs and a cat.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.