I was reading Rod Dreher’s article, The Failure of Winsomeness, and realized that the church is truly becoming counter-cultural. Dreher’s article is spot on in helping us see that for the church to survive, we must entrench ourselves in orthodoxy. Trying to placate the culture will only lead to the church fading away. Dreher writes:
The fact is, ours is a post-Christian society moving towards an anti-Christian one, when Christianity conflicts with secular orthodoxy. Any churches that remain faithful to clear Biblical teaching about sexuality — gay or straight — and on the meaning of marriage and the human person, will be increasingly anathematized in this country. And those that compromise will, in time, fade to nothingness, as the ongoing unwinding of the Mainline Protestant churches demonstrates.
The culture of our country has become so anti-Christian in nature, that for us to remain true to biblical orthodoxy, we will become counter-cultural. Unfortunately, this will not resonate with the youth of America as the idea of counter-cultural movements have in the past. The black-clad Goths are not going to look our way and rejoice over a new movement that stands opposed to the culture. In fact, the black-clad Goths, even in their attempts to be counter-cultural will be more in line with cultural conformity than they would ever like to admit. This is because they already buy into the culture’s argument for what is right and just despite the fact that the culture’s argument for what is right and just stands opposed to the biblical declarations of what is right and just.
To be counter-cultural in this manner will come with a cost. Standing for Christ always has a cost. This is why so few will be willing to sacrifice for their Savior. They don’t mind that He gave His life and suffered the most unjust death in history for them, but to lose out on all their stuff, and livelihood and even their own lives is too much for many. I can already here the rationalizations: “God doesn’t really want us to suffer does He? Don’t you think He wants us to be happy as any father would want for his children?“
Don’t listen to the arguments for one moment. We are called to obedience, and sometimes that means we will have to suffer for it. Given the drift and cultural decline in our country, those who stand with Christ will have the opportunity to not only be truly counter-cultural, but to suffer for Christ as well. Welcome it, embrace it, and thank God for the opportunity for it. By doing so, we are identifying with our Savior all the more.
Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God (1 Peter 4:1-2).