I read the most fascinating article by Dr. Jim Denison in his Daily Article about the resignation of Bari Weiss from the New York Times. Check it out at: https://www.denisonforum.org/columns/daily-article/why-bari-weiss-resignation-from-the-new-york-times-matters-to-evangelicals-and-to-american-culture/
I gleamed 3 things from his article.
1. The Liberals are beginning to bite and devour each other more hungrily than I have ever seen before. (But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.Galatians 5:15).
Denison quotes Bari’s as saying in her resignation letter that she had discovered a new consensus in the press “that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.” It seems to me the enlightened few are the press. We have an arrogant press in America today that needs to be taken to the wood shed!
2. For some reason this arrogant, enlightened press is anti-Christian. Dr Denison points out if the press decides their truth about us is the only truth, then the entire culture will suffer. Why? True Christ followers follow His two commands: 1) You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 2) You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
We Christians aren’t perfect, but our heart’s desire is to keep those two commands. You take that influence out of a culture and you are left with cannibals, biting and devouring one another. You will have a culture of liars, deceivers, and murderers.
3. Journalists today feel they are the definers of truth. I can’t think of anything scarier. They are and will brand us as intolerant and hateful.
I could feel much discouraged by all of the above. After all, I am a great-grandmother: little influence, small abilities, and limited resources.
However, Dr. Denison gave me a “five-fold strategy for changing culture.” One I can do. I will quote his strategy as he laid it out in his article.
- He wrote letters that were read across much of the Roman Empire (cf. 2 Peter 3:15–16). How can you use email, social media, media platforms, and websites to write biblical truth?
- He spoke in synagogues (cf. Acts 13:5) and the lecture hall of Tyrannus in Ephesus (Acts 19:9). He addressed the Areopagus in Athens (Acts 17:19–34), kings in Caesarea (Acts 26), and Christian elders in Miletus (Acts 20:17–35). How can you use YouTube and other means to speak biblical truth?
- He engaged personally with Athenians (Acts 17:16–18) and Pharisees (Acts 23:6), Gentiles (Acts 28:28–31) and Jews (Acts 18:1–5). How can you use your personal relationships to share biblical truth?
- He prayed fervently for those to whom he ministered (cf. Acts 20:36; Colossians 1:9–12). How can you intercede for people to follow biblical truth?
- He modeled his message by living out his faith in ways others could emulate (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1). How can you live for Jesus so fully that others will see the relevance of biblical truth for their lives?
In Paul’s last letter, he included a paragraph he could have written to our topic. I believe you and I need to read these words slowly and embrace them passionately: “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 2:23–25).
Where will you start today?
Well, I found his five-fold strategy to be something I could do. If all us old Christian ladies followed Paul’s example, we just might change the culture. So…
Write. Speak. Engage personally. Pray fervently. Model the message.
You are loved