Today’s post is a guest post courtesy of my amazingly talented wife, Alisha Anderson. You can follow Alisha on twitter at: @AlishaAnderson7
There seem to be a sweeping attitude in our American culture today that upholds, admires, and respects individuals for their extreme commitment to science, industry or work accomplishments. However, when put in context of ones religious or spiritual beliefs, that is held lightly. You see this all throughout popular culture; in our films, newspapers, magazines, etc. Characters and individuals are praised for what they do – but not what they believe (ironic, considering what they believe is likely at the core of why they do it).
We have become focused only on the earthly and temporal and have not given credit to God.
This attitude says, “I’m a Christian, but if that offends you, I won’t act like one around you.” Or, “I’m a Christian, but that’s just my Sunday thing, so that won’t impact everything else, I’ll keep it PC.”
It seems holding firm to your religious faith just isn’t “the thing” anymore. It’s outdated thinking and deems you to be intolerant or not open to other ideas.
I am a wife, mother, real estate agent, soccer player, and much more. These are roles I play and things I do, but central to who I am is a Christian. I believe I am who the God of the Bible says that I am and I cannot separate that from the rest of me. Furthermore, it is the belief as a Christian that is the most central to me and defines everything else about me.
Does this make me not open or intolerant? I don’t think so. I respect others for their commitments to their beliefs in the face of a society that increasingly says “anything goes”. I believe it makes me more loving to all people types, wanting to share the good news of God’s grace with them, just as He has shown me His grace.
My standards are not something I have conjured up on my own, it is not me deeming what is moral and what is not. Rather I’ve decided to adopt God’s standards. By doing so, it removes me as being the judge – everything rests on what God’s word says.
God is pretty clear – His way is better than ours!
For as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9 NKJV)
Question: Do you have examples that you have seen of this type of attitude in our culture?