The Coarsening of Christian Culture — Where Do We Go From Here? Part 2 of 2
Posted by David Wheaton | Friday, April 20, 2012 | 9:22 pm CT
“… in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us” (Titus 2:6-8).
Have you noticed how what’s acceptable in “Christian culture” has changed in our lifetimes?
For example, it’s somewhat common nowadays to hear a professing Christians exclaim “This suc–!” or “That’s cra-”. Or, have you ever wondered how it became mainstream after centuries of congregational singing out of a hymn book for church services to now feature the world’s style of music complete with a rockin’ band, vocalists, and light effects?
Or what about the sexual topics many Christians now deem acceptable to discuss in public or in church? Next week, the historically conservative Liberty University has invited Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, to speak at their chapel and hold a conference on his recent book, Real Marriage, in which chapters graphically describe various sex acts to decide whether they are “biblical” within marriage.
Whether it’s language, music, dress, sex, tattoos, or piercings, it’s undeniable that Christian culture has changed big-time in the last few decades. You could say it’s “coarsened”. This Saturday on the The Christian Worldview, we’ll discuss the coarsening of Christian culture and what should be our response.