70 Things - Cultural Christianity, Cultural Mandate, Cycle Breaking
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, October 25 2010 00:00|
Cultural Christianity, Cultural Mandate, Cycle Breaking
We're spending several weeks looking at "70 Things Every Man Needs to Know." These are actually scripts from "The Man in the Mirror Minute" radio program that I cut down from "one-pagers" in the last chapter of Pastoring Men. If you missed any of the first ones, you can view them at here. See the entire list of 70 at www.pastoringmen.com.
13. Cultural Christianity
Men, today let's think about what it means to be a cultural Christian rather than a biblical Christian. I regularly meet men who've "prayed a prayer" for salvation, but for the last five, ten, or more years they've been living by their own ideas. Their lives have not turned out like they planned. That was me. Biblically, I let the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of money choke the Word and make it unfruitful. I realized I was seeking the God I wanted, not the God who is--a perfect definition for what it means to be a cultural Christian. How about you? Are you seeking the God you want, or the God who is?
14. Cultural Mandate
Men, today let's talk about what is sometimes called the Cultural Mandate, or Cultural Commission. We are not just camping out until Jesus comes again. We're put here both to build God's kingdom and to take care of God's creation. Adam, after all, was a gardener. It's part of our calling to make the world a more livable place, raise families, and engage in productive work and service. One practical idea is to do life together as a family. Don't send moms to pregnancy centers, dads to homeless shelters, and children on field trips. Instead, why not work as a family at a center for troubled youth?
15. Cycle Breaking
Men, today let's think about what it means to be a cycle breaker. A lot of us are affected by the "down stream" consequences of our parents', grandparents', and even great-grandparents' sins. When a man abandons his family, he sets negative forces in motion that will impact his entire family lineage for several generations. I know. That's what my grandfather did. But Christ is a Redeemer, and no amount of pain and dysfunction is beyond His reach or interest. Make it a point of honor to say, "By God's grace, it stops with me. I am going to set my family line on a whole new course for generations to come."
Yours for changed lives,
Patrick Morley, PhD
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