“. . . the care and cultivation of culture begins with the care and cultivation of the soul.” – Makoto Fujimura
Spend enough time online these days and you’ll realize how easy it is to find articles on laws, societal trends and Supreme Court decisions filled with enough fear and loathing to make Hunter S. Thompson blush.
Most of these commentary pieces, strangely enough, are written from some sort of Judeo-Christian worldview. Since last Friday, there is a growing sense that our nation — and, by extension, all things good, virtuous and beautiful — has fully veered off its course of Manifest Destiny into the Nevadan desert in search of some lurid, post-Christian dream.
It’s not that there isn’t cause for concern or mourning, or that a desire for course correction is wrong. But as dear, sweet Westley might say, fear does not become us. (I’m pretty sure that’s in the Bible somewhere, too.)
I remember John Meyer used to have a note card taped to his office door that read, “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.” Amidst our conversations about how something like Obergefell v. Hodges can impact American life and the American church, we would do well to remember that Christ is still going to build his church — legalized same-sex marriage or no (or any other societal rejection of God’s revealed truth, for that matter).
In the following video, Don Carson, Tim Keller and John Piper offer a tremendous amount of biblical insight about how Christians can live faithfully and winsomely in a culture that is growing increasingly hostile to our beliefs. Let their words and the scope of God’s redemptive history give you hope. I can’t think of a better gift for America on her birthday than a whole bunch of God’s people choosing faith, love and courage over fear, loathing and anger.