Cultural change takes time. It will, without fail, meet resistance from the populous majority. Challenges arise and the people will say, "We have always done things this way, and it works for us. Why do you want to rock the boat?" They have a point. Why try to change what already works? There is usually a better way to do things, a better approach to life, yet it is hard to see the glory of change through they eyes of contentment. Jesus faced the same to a much greater scale. He was beginning a revolution, a massive cultural change, that would affect the lives of people all over the world until the end of time. It would take hundreds of years for the world to really grasp the change He was trying to influence. It was a shift in the experience of God through His son and it took almost 200 years for Christians to officially accept it. There are many, still, that refuse to consent to a God who is so powerful He can be simultaneously God, Man, and Holy Spirit. Nearly 2000 years after His death, God still calls for a cultural change and people are still saying, “Why do we change what is already working for us?” The problem lies in what is working for us may very well be deceiving us. We choose to see only that we are happy enough, and our attendance to Sunday Service was surely noted as a check mark by our name in Heaven, right? I tend to disagree.
Christians are chosen for a higher calling- “to make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28: 19-20). He has given us unique gifts to be used that others will glorify His Holy name. Cultural change must begin with a personal change, a shift in perspective of being content to being absolutely consumed with hunger for God. It must be an insatiable thirst to glorify Him, and when we are given one glass of water we must use that renewal to bring God the glory just before becoming thirsty again. People around us take notice of this kind of character and begin to ask questions. That’s where the cultural change comes in. So, if they can witness our thirst for pleasure in God, they may become curious to experience that same pleasure. This does not always have to begin as an extreme act, and I am not really talking about dehydration in its most literal form. We can be creative when using our unique gifts in everyday circumstances. We may notice a colleague or fellow student does not eat often. Maybe it is because he/she is hungry but can‘t afford to eat. So you offer them a meal as a gift from God. Trust me, this peaks their curiosity. They will ask themselves why a stranger offers a meal as a gift from God. And they may begin to ask questions. Physical hunger gives way, then, to spiritual hunger. Excellent! Cultural change begins.
Of course, as Jesus was the greatest testimony to this point, change can be so despised by your peers that it becomes dangerous. When met with resistance, as He was so often, one can only be left to trust in God to make that change. He did something for us I cannot imagine doing for someone that had been so cruel to me- He died a shameful death. He suffered immeasurably. A true revolutionary Savior, setting the stage for cultural change. People around us may not always be willing to accept it, they may even fight against it, but it is the privilege of God’s children to follow in Christ’s example and continue God’s mission to change nations and bring glory to His name. Through our own spiritual gifts we can make disciples of all nations.
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