Recently, I had someone write me to ask a series of questions about prayer. Here was their central question: “About 80 percent of my prayer requests have not helped me at all. I do not believe I have asked for anything against Scripture or against the will of God. How can I believe in the power of prayer when so much of it seems to go unanswered? If your answer is that God doesn't owe us anything, then I say why pray at all?”
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Culture and Life
Strangely enough, one of the most impactful classes I took while in college was not a class on religion; it was a class on logic. One of my favorite parts of that class was when my professor, Dr. Foreman, would use what we were learning to dissect the arguments and propositions that we are being fed everyday through the media, online, or in passing conversation. Did you ever hear something or have a conversation that left you thinking for days? That was logic class for me. I began to run everything I was hearing and thinking through the logic filter, and my mind refused to be shut off. I guess it was a bit like going to the gym for your mind.
I recently read a rather insightful article by Vanessa Elizabeth titled “23 Things to Do Instead of Getting Engaged Before You’re 23.” It was insightful not because I agreed with it, but because it seems to very eloquently summarize the mentality of many of my twenty-something peers. Vanessa cleverly and entertainingly speaks of what she perceives as a growing trend of young twenty-something’s who have gotten married young to their own detriment. They have, in effect, missed out on life experiences, self-development, and, ultimately, happiness found only in the freedom of singleness. The millennial generation, after all, is not its parent’s generation, as she points out. Marrying young, she asserts, is something of a crutch for those who have been overtaken by the weight of life’s transitions and social pressures. This crutch, however, only serves to kill the internal animal of wanderlust desperately clawing itself away from the locked cage of matrimony.
2013 has been heralded as the gayest year ever. According to my worldview, this is indicative of a severe shift in the moral conscious of society. And while I often find myself wanting to engage in a meaningful discussion with others in our culture who disagree with me on this point, it seems to me that far too often their misconceptions of the Christian perspective creates a significant barrier that keeps this from happening. In lieu of this, I thought mentioning a few of the popular misconceptions that have come to wrongfully caricature the Christian perspective might be the appropriate prolegomenon to handling such a discussion fairly and objectively. In other words, you might consider this my plea for our culture of tolerance to avoid attributing something to the Christian perspective that it does hold. Below are five of these misconceptions (I repeat, these are misconceptions) that we must be quick to correct:
We need to be re-programmed. In the previous blog post I talked about the collective rebellion against God that can be seen in culture. But we must remember that the truth of Jesus not only reveals lies but also invites us to an authentic existence. So, in looking at culture, Jesus offers us a chance to be a part of a Kingdom of God. This Kingdom no doubt retains the goodness of expression seen in the current world, but it rejects the influence of sin. It keeps the good, rejects the evil.