Today, it is abundantly clear that we are engaged in a clash of cultures. This clash of cultures has taken place since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1-7): the serpent deceived Eve by causing her to doubt God’s Word and faithfulness and Adam disobeyed God’s commandment to not eat from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:16-17). The culture clash will continue to escalate until the triumphant defeat of Satan by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the conclusion of this age (Rev. 20:7-10).
Until then, the Church is the apparatus that God is using to transform the culture through the promulgation of and public adherence to the truths of Scripture, while the institutions of this world – government, media, education, arts & entertainment, business, and religion – are the apparatuses that Satan is using to deceive the culture through lies and ignorance (2 Cor. 4:3-4). So what we have in effect is the clash of these two cultures for prevailing influence in the present culture.
In each generation the fundamental choice remains the same as it did for Adam and Eve: Will man’s spirit be informed by God or independent of God? The culture of this world – secularism, individualism, and materialism – encourages man to exist independent of God, while the culture of the Church beseeches us to live with an unwavering dependence upon God (Rom. 12:1-2).
An unwavering dependence upon God is exemplified in three ways: continually presenting all of ourselves (spirit, soul, and body) in the form of a sacrifice to God, not acquiescing to the beliefs and behaviors of the world’s culture, and committing ourselves to thinking and living according to God’s will.
As members of the Church, it is our responsibility to share the culture of the Church by explaining what we believe and why we believe it, and show the culture of the Church by living consistent with God’s will for His creation. If we do these two things, we will continue to transform the present culture by influencing more and more people to be informed by God.
Rev. Isaac Hayes is the president of Healing of the Soul Ministries. He is also the Assistant Pastor for Strategic Development and Stewardship at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago, IL. You can follow Rev. Hayes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram through his handle @RevIsaacHayes.