What if we are living according to the myths of our culture without ever questioning them?
That is the burning question I’ve been pondering lately.
In these tumultuous times, I sense that many Christians feel overwhelmed with the pressures of day-to-day life. We are bombarded with an ever-expanding array of messages and new technologies. All this noise creates a sense of confusion and uncertainty about Christian faithfulness in this era.
So many messages, so many myths.
Whether we realize it or not, the world is immersing us into a story, and the world’s story counters the true Story of our world as unfolded in the Scriptures. The stories of our world shape and form our desires and practices in many ways. What we need is the Story of the gospel that makes us new – the Story of Jesus that gives a cruciform shape to our life in this world.
What happens when we fall for false stories related to technology? What happens when we are unable to spot propaganda and messages in our entertainment, when we believe myths about who we are and what we’re on earth for, when we embrace myths about sex, the family, education, or political parties?
Falling for myths leads us to compromise our faith and dilute our witness. And even in cases where we try hardest to remain faithful, our lack of confidence can stir up fear, uncertainty, and confusion.
Now, let’s turn this scenario around.
What if Christians weren’t surprised or panicked by the state of our culture but instead were aware of the origin and trajectory of the trends we see? What if, instead of merely decrying the decline in American morals, Christians learned to affirm what is good in our culture’s narratives, challenge what is bad, and showcase the gospel as a better story?
With eyes open, ears attuned, hands ready to serve, and hearts full of passion, Christians can and must stay on mission in turbulent times.
I want to see Christians move forward with courage and confidence into the future. That’s why I’m hard at work on another book. I want to provide believers with snapshots of contemporary culture, and through these stories, offer a primer on the most prevalent truths, falsehoods, and stories of our time.
By illuminating the contrast between the true story of our world and the false hopes and dreams on display in our culture’s beliefs and practices, I want to equip believers to live as faithful witnesses in a secular age.
“What does it look like for me to be a faithful follower of Jesus in this kind of world?”
To answer that question, we need to be see the world through a biblical lens – to affirm what is good and right, to reject what is false and wrong, and to show how the gospel tells a better story and answers the deepest longings of people in our time.
I’m praying that readers of this book will be encouraged to meet cultural challenges with hopeful courage, not fearful anxiety, fully confident in God’s good purposes for His world and His unfailing promises to His Church.
Request for Prayer
This weekend (Friday-Monday), I am doing extensive work on this project. To those of you who read my blog regularly, I ask you to pray for me every day this weekend – that the Lord will bless me and aid me as I write. I look forward to sharing more details soon, and sharing the fruit of these labors in the months ahead.