On one hand I am ridiculously excited about what God is doing with my generation. We are seeing God raise up numerous Christ-centered, gospel drenched, men and women. It is exciting to see people more concerned with planting a biblical church than with following the status quo. It is encouraging to see men both engage culture and confront it at the same time. These are exciting times.
On the other hand I am deeply disappointed with how my generation is embracing rebellion for the sake of rebellion. I really want to give a few examples of this but I know how the conversation spirals into something unhelpful. I know that if we give an example of alcohol or cursing or mention the name Mark Driscoll then the entire point that I am making will be lost. So, what I propose to do is present a paradigm for us to think about certain issues then apply them to a few issues.
My aim is to appeal to my generation to stop being rebels for the sake of rebellion. I am really tired of reading blog posts, hearing discussions, and witnessing arguments in which people are talking around each other instead of believing the gospel and taking Jesus to the nations. There are some that believe you cannot drink a beer and be a disciple of Jesus. (If that is you then you are not my audience in this particular plea). There are others that believe that in order to be a disciple of Jesus you have to drink beer. (If that is you then you are my audience in this particular plea).
Allow me to set the stage for the next few posts. There are, in my opinion, three different ways of engaging the culture: the stick-shaker, the rule-breaker, and the difference maker. The stick-shaker looks at the problems of the world shakes a stick at them, rebukes them, rallies the troops to pick up their sticks, and hopes that by enough stick-shaking the problems will go away.
The rule breaker gets ticked off with the stick-shaker (and rightly so). Rather than shaking a stick at the problems he decides that the best way to reach the culture is to engage the culture on its turf. If there are “rules” preventing the relationship then its okay to break them (so long as its not one of those big ones like denying Jesus).
The difference maker does just that; he makes a difference. He engages the culture rather than shaking a stick at it. But rather than engaging in sin on their behalf he calls the culture to repentance. Here is a picture (I’m not a good artist):
To be continued…