Three simple and biblical ways to wisely engage with our neighbors and our culture, regardless of how difficult an issue is.
I follow politics and public discourse. I think it’s important to stay in the loop on what is happening in the world and in American life. More than that, however, I think it’s important to engage in these things. But it’s an understatement to say that much of what happens in public discourse isn’t pretty. That’s including Christians, unfortunately.
The last several presidential elections have revealed the division in our culture. The amount of true discussion and debate over the issues of greatest importance has taken a back seat to well-crafted one-liners delivered at just the right time for maximum rhetorical impact. A lot of time is spent talking past each other and not listening to each other.
This goes beyond politics. There’s increasing entrenchment in our views and a vilification of people with other views. When that’s the case, you’re not going to work together. How do we dialogue for the common good and with the goal of solutions? I don’t hear a lot of people talking about that.
Evangelicals have a lot of problems with where culture is going, and rightly so. But we aren’t getting far with the culture in our discourse with them. Why? I think the answer is engagement. In my book, Subversive Kingdom, I argue that we shouldn’t be about control. Rather, we should be seeking to live as agents of the kingdom who are showing and sharing the love of Jesus to a world that’s hurting. How do we get to that place of engagement?
Let me list three simple and biblical ways to wisely engage with our neighbors and our culture, regardless of how difficult an issue is.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
Without going into great detail, as many of us have heard this preached …