Updated: Nov 18, 2019
We are in the midst of a massive cultural storm…
We are seeing things that have never been witnessed before and at a speed never imaged. It is far deeper than random acts of violence and the opioid epidemic, horrific though they are; there is a seismic shift in our cultural identity. Our culture, those ideals and values that define civilized people, are being rewritten before our eyes.
There is a loss of truth. In 2017, Webster’s word of the year was “post-truth.” Webster defined it as “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Our culture has lost its connection to Truth and has drifted into a free-for-all of opinions where truth is being replaced by the loudest voices.
As Christians, what can we do to find our way out of the storm? As every mariner knows, being properly oriented to True North is essential if we are to find your destination. Thankfully, God has given us several compasses to help us find our way despite the storms that rages all around us.
The first one is the Word of God, the Bible. This is the compass handed down to us as God’s self-revelation of the meaning of life (Jer 29:11). As a church, we use this compass to guide our lives not because it easy or convenient, but because it is true, tested and certain. It is the solid rock on which we build our lives. It is not our opinions, of which there are millions, that matter the most in a storm, but the clarity and authority of the compass you use.
What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts.Hebrews 4:12 (CEV)
The greatest compass of all, of course, is Jesus Christ. The Word made flesh. He is the embodiment of truth, and all truth is found in Him. Jesus said “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life. Without me, you can go no farther.” (John 14:6) If we want to know what God is like and find our way in a noisy culture, then we need to know Jesus, not just about Jesus. How well can you discern the Shepherd’s voice in a noisy world?
When Jesus was in the midst of a storm on the Sea of Galilee, he was not afraid. Nor is Jesus afraid today. He has no fear of the Church’s demise. He knows that we belong to him and therefore, we are indestructible. The culture might be in a post-truth spiral, but we are not.
Church is not about where you go, it’s about who you become.
As members of Mt Pleasant, we are all responsible for shaping our culture. We have been given these powerful tools and we need to use them wisely, otherwise we are part of the problem. We have provided some excellent opportunities for you to develop the skills necessary to navigate these storms. I implore you, take advantage of them for your welfare and for the world’s.
Blessings, Pastor Steve