1. God placed you in this world to be a missionary, not a slave.
God has given each of us the strength to live as witnesses and missionaries to his word, and yet many of us are living in the world as if we are slaves—bound to the rules and regulations of culture, always trying to escape to a different place and time.
What if God is using the secular environment you are in—in your workplace, or at your kids’ school, or at your university—to make you stronger in your faith and reveal himself to you? If that were true, would you be missing it?
Use the culture you’re in to test your faith, not so you will lose it, but so it will grow and you will believe for yourself in the goodness of God.
Only then can you go forth and proclaim it.
2. God is calling you to engage culture, not hide from it.
So many Christians are prepared to disengage from culture because that’s what we think God wants.
But pay attention to what God tells the Israelites in Babylonian captivity. He tells them to move into the city, build houses, plant gardens and live life.