Culture Creep. Tim Challies linked to this and I had to as well. This is a sickening look at the way that paedophilia is creeping into the mainstream.
Take Your Kids With You. Travis Agnew shares an important parenting tip. When you go somewhere, take your kids with you…even if it isn’t easy.
Most Unmarried Evangelicals Not Sexually Active. A recent survey by the National Association of Evangelicals bucks conventional beliefs regarding sexual activity among evangelical millenials.
God Mad Boys to Play with Dolls. I didn’t see Owen Strachan’s blog on Sesame Street until I had read this article by Caryn Rivadeneira, but both are worth your time and I think they reflect the need for evangelicals to balance gender roles with the Scripture (Disclaimer, I plan to write on this later and I have a son who plays ball, shoots guns, and helps care for his sister’s dolls…and I think thats OK).
The Christ who will not worship Satan to gain the world’s kingdoms is followed by Christians who will worship only Christ in unity with the Lord whom he serves. And this is intolerable to all defenders of society whoa re content that many gods should be worshipped if only Democracy or America, or German, or the Empire receives its due, religious homage. The antagonism of modern, tolerant culture to Christ is of course often disguised because it does not call its religious practices religious, reserving that term for certain specified rites connected with officially recognized sacred institutions; and also because it regards what it calls religion as one of many interests which can be placed alongside economics, art, science, politics, and techniques. Hence the objection it voices to Christian monotheism appears in such injunctions only as that religion should be kept out of politics and business, or that christian faith must learn to get along with other religions. What is often meant is that not only the claims of religious groups but all consideration of the claims of Christ and God should be banished from the spheres where other gods, called values, reign. The implied charge against Christian faith is like the ancient one: it imperils society by its attack on its religious life; it deprives social institution of their cultic, sacred character; by its refusal to condone the pious superstitions of tolerant polytheism it threatens social unity.
–H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture
This list must be grouped as a collection of not-so fantastic links as they all do with shocking cases of abortion recently brought to light.
In Australia, a couple has aborted twin boys because they wanted to have a girl.
A married couple who aborted twin boys the wife was expecting after IVF treatment have gone to court to choose the sex of their next child – because they want a girl.
The husband and wife already have three sons and said they now want to have a girl after their baby daughter died soon after birth.They are both aged in their 30s and have taken their case to a legal tribunal after an independent medical body known as the Patient Review Panel rejected their bid to choose the gender of their next child using IVF.
A Pennsylvania doctor is charged with killing 7 babies after birth with scissors.
Gosnell typically worked weeknights, arriving hours after his unskilled staff administered anesthesia and drugs to induce labor. He then “forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,”
60% of African American Babies aborted in NYC.
A new report has found that 41% of babies in the womb were aborted in New York City in 2009.
As is common throughout the country, there was a major racial disparity, with the majority of abortions being from African-American and Hispanic women. About 60% of African-American women’s unborn babies were aborted, 41.3% for Hispanic women, 22.7% for Asians, and 21.4% for Caucasians.
Albert Mohler does a good job of summarizing the terrible week in abortion news and challenging the logic of abortion.
Once we buy into the logic of abortion, there is no end to the trail of tears. In the case of the Australian couple, a professor of medicine commented that they should be able to select the gender of their baby after aborting the twin boys. “I can’t see how it could possibly hurt anyone,” he said.
What about the twins?
Recently, on a Wednesday night, I shared some thoughts about our responsibility as Christians to engage culture. Al Mohler has defined our (American) culture using seven characteristics, each of which begin with the word self.
- Self-fulfillment. We are a culture that seeks to satisfy ourselves, seen primarily in the triumph of the therapeutic culture. Self-help books and self-therapy books abound.
- Self-sufficiency. We actually brag about this one. I did it my way all by myself. This is American, but this is not necessarily godly.
- Self-definition. We define what it means to be human (the abortion debate, the cloning debate, and even the designer birth debate), what it means to be male and female (the gay marriage debate), what it means to be _______ (insert your own).
- Self-absorption. We are totally focused on ourselves. We have back decks and back yards, no longer do we value front porches and neighbors. We regularly see divorce because “I wasn’t happy…I needed to do this for me.”
- Self-transcendence. This suggests that we can pick up bits and pieces of religion from where ever we want and that will be good enough. We recognize the inherit spirituality within ourselves, but we fool ourselves into believing that we can define and dictate God.
- Self-enhancement. This is the idea that we can actually make ourselves better than God did. This abounds with the ideas that we can extend life, with parents who give breast augmentation to their kids for graduation gifts, with liposuction, and botox.
- Self-Security. We believe ourselves to be relatively secure. Though we say things like “You aren’t promised tomorrow,” few of us rarely believe that to the very core of our beings. We are pretty confident that tomorrow will come and that it will be pretty good (nearly half of all Americans).
As Christian people, we are called to live in our culture, but to do so with the intention of changing our culture. We are not supposed to look like our culture. The Christian life is a counter-cultural life. As we seek to live out the gospel and share the gospel with our friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors, let me encourage you to be different. We are to be defined less by “self” and more by Christ. He is our ultimate judge. All that we do should be to bring glory to him, not to satisfy ourselves. If simply take Christ at his word to love him with all of our hearts and to love our neighbors as our selves, then we will see that our culture has lost its bearing.
As the summer draws to a close and as we look forward to the fall, look for your fulfillment in Christ. Do not buy the lies of our culture, instead, accept the truths of God’s word and seek to honor him with your life. Focus on Him and others, and watch as God uses you to transform your world with the gospel.
Mohler’s complete chapter can be found in Preaching the Cross.
“I do not think this means that every preacher has to become a great cultural expert. It can be daunting to hear a speaker imply that unless we all become equipped to give deep and perceptive analyses of everything from the fashion industry to climate change, we cannot preach. We cannot each become experts in every aspect of our culture and contemporary issues. What we can and must do is love the people we serve and the people we seek to reach. And if we love people we will listen to them and begin to understand them. And if we do that thoughtfully we are bound to get an insight into culture.”
-Christopher Ash, The Priority of Preaching (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2009), 56.
HT: Unashamed Workman