Chrisitianity: the Biblical Counterculture
Anyone up to date on their History books should know about the Countercultural efforts of the 1960s; a rise in Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll. Pastor David Platt once said, “We chase all these things, thinking that we’re free. But we are blind to our own bondage. For in all our running to serve ourselves, we’re actually rebelling against the only One who can satisfy our souls.” These Counterculture efforts resulted in the deterioration of the standard Christian values and morality that had been held for years. Faith went mainstream with religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Unitarian Universalism being predominantly more popular with everyone, including the hippies. It was the decade beginning the defiance that would slowly lead to modern-day culture as we know it. We have seen Countercultural efforts negatively affect our world, but is there a chance that Christians could change that? Is there a chance that Christians could rise up and become a Biblical Counterculture?
So, what does it take for a Christian to become Countercultural? One of the most important ways is through our Courage. The Bible tells us to have courage in many different passages. One of the most notable passages is Joshua 1:9 (ESV), “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” With God on our side, there should be nothing stopping us from being courageous. Anthem Lights singer Alan Powell said, “Scripture is so counter culture. Christ was counter culture. It's not like we're supposed to be weird or anything, but as we grow closer to Christ, we won't care about the things of the world as much. As a believer, you're just going to be countercultural. That's the way it’s always been, and it will always continue to be that way. That's why it's important for us as believers to encourage other believers that it's okay to be that way.”
It’s time for another Christian revival. One that starts with the Courage of Christians and spreads across our broken culture.
Let’s not continue down the road of the death of Biblical Christianity in the church; being accepting of anything and everything, whether it is Biblically accurate or not. We live in a world that rejects the words and ideas of people that aren’t for “modern day rights” and are attacking Christianity on every social platform. No matter how far astray culture may go, the Bible clearly tells us this will happen. It doesn’t matter what we look like to the rest of the world. Being Christ-like means being countercultural. Making a countercultural impact can happen in a number of ways. It can be as simple as striking up a conversation with an unbeliever, or even stepping up and being a father figure to someone who many not have one. We need to stand firm in our faith and strong in our Christian values. Stand up with courage, speak to others with clarity, and through everything, be chivalrous in all that you say and do. It is then that Christianity can become the Biblical Counterculture.