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We talk about the Bible as an inspired document, but not other documents like our Constitution. Whether inspired or not, there are excellent writings that have brought about good things, and they are worthy of our appreciation and defense. There is no question that the framers of the Constitution were under the influence of a biblical worldview. Some of them were Christians, and all of them lived in a biblically-literate culture that influenced the documents they wrote.
God has called all of us to spread His fame to the world. Wherever we are, we must always proclaim the message of Christ to those around us. In America, we have had more freedom to proclaim Christ than any other country. However, those freedoms are eroding, which is why Mark is asking this question. In America, there is a stratification of power and influence.
The Christian culture has always had the freedom to proclaim the message of Christ because progressivism was not the dominating foundation. Now that the progressive movement is the prevailing worldview, our liberties are shrinking.
No Christian should be passive about the message of Christ. We must always be thinking, praying, strategizing, and implementing ways to share Christ in our sphere of influence. We’re not trying to create a theocracy, but this perspective does not mean we steer away from politics and other civil actions. Each person must determine what God has called them to do. This process always has something to do with the individual’s gift-mix, passion, skill set, and opportunities.
There are a zillion ways to make a difference in the culture, though it’s vital to keep in view that changing the culture is not your chief aim. Transforming the culture is a by-product of more crucial actions. If your primary objective is to change the culture, you will miss the more important eternal goals. Thus, the way to impact the culture is to start with yourself. From that point of departure, you seek to influence your spouse, children, church, neighbors, and culture—in that order.
To change a family, church, or country, you must always begin with the infrastructure, and that starts with you. There are too many Christians trying to change the culture, which often comes across as snarky and angry back and forths with the culture. That is venting, not redemptive strategies. We must be more strategic.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).