Culture Wars

How does one win the culture war? In these last days we have seen the wall between other world religions broken down through a mandated philosophy of tolerance. The war is raging in social networks, the blogosphere, the media, and … among the political elite. Who has the best belief system, customs, moral practices, and social behavior for healing a divided nation? Who can heal a divided world torn asunder by sectarian differences? As we fast approach the end of days many will come claiming to hold the answers to this dilemma by uniting the world under one set of culture norms mandating adherence by all. Those refusing will face the collective hatred of a powerful majority very similar to that of the French Rebellion in 1830 or not to dissimilar to the occupy movement of our day.

At this point we don’t know which voice will arise above the rest in uniting the world and essentially winning the culture war, but we can be assured that whoever this person is will claim to have the truth on his side. Very clearly this person will have no problem calling good bad and bad he will call good. This will be readily accepted by the collective conscious of a world that has grown weary with conflicting beliefs and inconsistent culture norms. They have grown tired of the many lies claiming to be true where almost every public statement now needs a fact check to unearth deception. This person will appeal to the heart of the populist by staying above the fray, initiating his own fact checker, and claiming to be the only one with the truth. The reality however will be that his form of truth will not set the captives free but will enslave them to his new culture norm.

Dear Christian let us not grow weary in this culture war so that we will readily accept the culture norms of a person promising to save the world. It is not up to us to save the world by giving them the blueprint for moral living from the beautiful teachings of Jesus Christ, especially from His sermon on the mount. Rather it is up to us to call people out of the world, teaching believers how to live in the world, but not of the world. Simply put, we cannot expect the world to live by our culture norms. To do so would bring the world back to a time when the whole western world claimed to be Christian but was far from it demonstrated by their immoral behavior and hypercritical lifestyle. I am encouraged that even the Catholic Church has finally accepted this truth by stating: “The Antichrist deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment.”

So to answer our question the only way to win the culture war is by bringing people to the foot of the Cross one person at a time so that they will not fall for the Antichrist deception, then to coalesce around them and others who have come out from the world. It does little good to debate our culture norm with a world that has all but rejected it. The Bible says, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Mt. 7:6). To put this in its fuller context we are not to carelessly judge others but ensure that our own spiritual house is in order so that we can either remove the speck from our brother’s eye or to recognize the dogs and swine among the flock. The metaphor dogs and swine are those who infiltrate the Christian community with the intention of dishonoring the name of God or shipwrecking the faith of a Christian. Dear Christian, winning the culture war will not be accomplished by debating our holy doctrine with the dogs or by mandating our doctrine for the world to follow, but only by our proclamation of the Gospel.

Copyright © 2012 Rev. Daniel W. Blair – All content (blog articles) have been published in my new book: “Revelation Truth” available in our bookstore or at a bookstore near you.