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Should We Surrender the Cultural Wars?

Do you suppose our children and grandchildren will one day ask, “Where were you when America lost the cultural war? What did you do when the world approved cohabitation, same-sex marriage, the proliferation of pornography, abortion on demand and the teaching of evolution as the source of life in public schools? Did you stand up and fight when the anti-God forces insisted on removing any reference to God and the Bible from the public arena?”

How will we answer when those questions come?

Will we excuse our silence by saying, “We didn’t feel like it was our role to clean up the marketplace”?

If that were God’s response in Jonah’s day, He would not have insisted that Jonah go to the pagan city of Nineveh and warn them to repent or face destruction.

If Jeremiah embraced a passive philosophy, he would have been a popular prophet instead of winding up knee-deep in mud in a cistern.

Avoiding involvement.

Will we explain our failure to get involved by saying, “Our ultimate hope is to win people to Christ, so we focused on building up the church”? Or will we say, “We didn’t want the church to have a negative image in the community, so we emphasized only what we’re for”? 

If John the Baptist had that philosophy, he would never have confronted King Herod’s immorality and got himself beheaded.

Will we try to explain our passivity by saying, “I believed in the separation of church and state. Christians should not get involved in political battles, so I remained neutral”?

If that had been Christ’s approach, He never would have said, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13), or, “Blessed are you when people insult you (and) persecute you” (Matthew 5:11).

If Dietrich Bonhoeffer had that philosophy, there would be no books haling him as a courageous Christian martyr for opposing Adolph Hitler.

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At just twenty-two years of age, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church. That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches & conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership, mentor other ministers and author Bible study videos for use in small groups.