What does it mean to be a Christian? There are certainly several opinions of what it means to be a Christian today. We are most definitely in a Postmodern society and often it appears that the approach to the Scriptures for some has “evolved” into what is more palatable within the constraints of societal popularities.
There is a view that the Postmodern Christian must be able to operate themselves in the context of what is acceptable while keeping their “values”. A great example of this is the way the media made a mockery of Tim Tebow, essentially to prove that a Christian must “stay in the closet”, but adversely proclaim the heroism of Jason Collins. Since we are a civil and supremely intellectual society I am sure there was no intended double standard — and everything on the internet is true.
The Cultural Christian is an interesting species. They reduce the gospel to a message of values and principles. For the Cultural Christian “judge not lest ye be judged” is the sum of the biblical message which, in the context of modernity, is applied to the disregard for the biblical standard of holy living.
The Cultural Christian strips the truth of the Gospel message in order to be acceptable to those that reject it. The Cultural Christian embraces the environment often at the expense of the responsibility of being the “salt of the earth”.
It is definitely a strange time that we are living in if you are “Bible Thumper” — essentially that means that you believe in the Holy Writ and the message of Jesus Christ and that you desire, as God does, that none should perish so you tell other people of salvation through Christ Jesus. We live in a time where we are to accept everything and stand for nothing. We live in a country where there is free speech with the following disclaimer – as long as you don’t say anything about morality as described in the Scriptures.
Cultural Christianity is practiced by people in every facet of American society. From the pulpits through the pews… From the outhouse to the White House. Cultural Christianity holds a doctrine that focuses on following the teachings of Jesus and not Jesus. It sounds the same but it is vastly different.
In its subtlety following the teaching Jesus is not the same as believing on, trusting in and relying on the finished work of Jesus at Calvary’s Cross ( a fairy tale story for the enlightened ) since does not require a commitment beyond a statement that Jesus had a good message and He is the Lord. Following the teaching of Jesus does not change the heart of a person, as we can see by the actions of several high ranking officials that claim to be Christian not excluding the commander in chief.
But I digress… The point is not to solicit opinions but merely to expose this Gnostic sect that call themselves Christians. Well I am not a Christian if this is the “new normal”! I declare that I am a Follower of Jesus Christ!
For the cultural christian church is something you fit into your life, for the follower it, like the Synagogue, is at the center of your life. More clarification is needed here but we will save that for another time.
Here’s to being a good old fashion sold out believer in the life and timeless work of Jesus Christ for the salvation of those that will submit to His Lordship believing against the practical-ness of life on a Hope that can’t be explained or learned but that must be revealed! (Matt. 16)