How Can I Be Relevant to the Culture?

Monday, February 16, 2009

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You do realize, I hope, that some questions have no answer. The reason is that some questions are intrinsically flawed. Let me ask you this question, "Which do you hate more, your father or your mother?" How about this classic, "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" The questions themselves are making false implications that any decent man should resent. The reply should be, "I do not hate either my father or my mother," and "I never started beating my wife!"

So how about this question of whether or not I am relevant to the culture? This whole idea has become rampant in "Christian" circles that reject the clear teachings of Scripture. Who says the Christian is supposed to be relevant to the culture? We are to be "relevant" only in the sense that we are to be about effecting change in our world, winning souls to Christ, and helping converts become more like Christ. We can only inspire and effect these changes if we are different from the world. What call is there to embrace cultural elements that reject the Lord? These things lead only to death.
    "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (Proverbs 14:12)
I am struck more and more by the fact that our culture increasingly rejects God's authority, and even standards of decency. I was walking through a hardware store the other day with my three children, aged 6, 5 and 4, and was quite at a loss as to how to handle the music that was blaring loudly from the intercom. The words to the song went something like this: "I can't bear to let you go, so lay back down." This phrase with obvious, overt sexual references repeated itself over and over in the ears of my small children. We live in a culture of sleaze, and as a Christian, as a Bible believer, I reject and resent these negative aspects of culture.

Meditate on the following Scriptures:
    "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." (John 15:19)

    "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1John 2:15-17)

    "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:1-2)

    "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-20)

    "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and


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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.

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