Daily Encouragement: Day 254

From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 254

THE CONFLICT BETWEEN
TRUTH AND CULTURE 

Whoever is ashamed of Jesus and His words,
the Son of Man will be ashamed of him
when He comes in His glory
and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
(Luke 9:26)

God highly exalted Christ Jesus
and gave Him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:9–11)

Jesus Christ is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see Him,
even those who pierced Him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him.
Even so, Amen.
(Revelation 1:7)

In his perceptive book The Gravedigger File, Os Guinness discusses three processes that have gripped our culture in recent decades—secularization, privatization, and pluralization. In his words, secularization is the process through which, starting from the center and moving outward, successive sectors of society and culture have been freed from the decisive influence of religious ideas and institutions. Privatization is the process by which modernization produces a cleavage between the public and the private spheres of life and focuses the private sphere as the special arena for the expansion of individual freedom and fulfillment. And pluralization is the process by which the number of options in the private sphere of modern society rapidly multiplies at all levels, especially at the level of worldviews, faiths, and ideologies.

In other words, religion is being rendered culturally insignificant, removed from the public square, and reduced in value to one of a myriad of options. Even so, these contemporary cultural forces cannot defeat the power and purposes of the living God who continues to draw people to His Son and to transform them by the power of His indwelling Spirit.

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