See what Moore’s getting at here? He’s saying that the best way to influence the culture for Christ is to stop trying to “influence the culture for Christ”, but rather to be deeply and thoughtfully Christian, and to allow your countercultural life to be your testimony. – The Religious Right: A Eulogy
I read this long article about a presentation that Russell Moore gave at the First Things Erasmus Lecture. I posted it on Facebook, and a friend David mentioned that “Counter culture living is the best unsaid policy,” and I completely agree. A time is coming when we, as Christians, will be more and more countercultural in our living. We will not even be able to engage well politically because we will be so different from the culture that those in politics will not accept us. I am not necessarily looking forward to the day, because it is nice to live in a culture strongly influenced by Christianity. However, I am looking forward to the time when a Christian life looks obviously different than the cultural norm. Then we will have the opportunity to give a reason for the hope we have and for why we are who we are.
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:13-17
My son David likes politics. So he sent a message to Donald Trump on Facebook Messenger.
We diagnose tuberculosis at our hospital frequently.
We do not actually treat tuberculosis, because the government is in charge of the treatment. So a patient like the above will come in looking very malnourished and chronically sick, and even if I cannot diagnose TB in the moment, I will send them on to the governmental health care clinic near their pueblo to have TB ruled out. It is tough sometimes, because you are torn between whether you should admit to the hospital this very ill looking patient, or whether you should send them on to the place where they can get a more definitive treatment. This patient I sent on, and I hope it was the right decision.
Annie’s class is blessed with a super committed Christian teacher. David is creative, active, inclusive, and energetic. He loves training his class to do dramas. He has been the catalyst for a complete 180 degree turn in both Annie and Peter’s attitudes towards math–now it is their favorite subject. He has invited his students to ultimate frisbee nights, where they share a devotional every week; a one-year discipleship course; and their moms to his wife’s Bible study group. Some of our regular blog readers will remember a little boy Dany who was missing. David was tireless in searching for him. There was another kid in Annie’s class who needed lots of love and discipline. David attempted so many creative approaches to help him stay in school and succeed socially. I think he could write a book on strategies to reach the seemingly unreachable. It is a daily blessing that our kids get to sit under his tutelage.
Profe David decided that their class needed some bonding time, so he planned a sleepover. But this wasn’t a sleepover like you’d imagine, with pizza and Coke and giggling over secrets shared from sleeping bags. During the school day, Annie’s class visited three schools and shared the gospel through dramas and wordless books (colors that tell the major points of the good news). In the afternoon, they went on a treasure hunt with the Scouts-type club we have at school followed by stations of games/ values teaching. After a cookout dinner, they had a devotional and the director shared the gospel with them. In the morning, they ran and prayed, then played interactive games with their parents. David had the parents divide up in groups to plan the meals, so we got to know one another a bit better as well. I had the privilege of taking a group of kids in the car while they shared their dramas. Visiting public schools in the area was eye opening. Watching the kids share God’s story gave me goosebumps. Seeing their confidence was inspirational. We love you, Profesor David! (Click the pictures below to see them larger.)
Annie with mime paint
Annie and Yhon Yafer use wordless books to share the gospel in a 2nd grade classroom
Walking up to the high school to present
Make up touch up
Junior high and high school students in assembly
Waiting to perform
Annie’s friend Maria Pilar telling about Jesus to help rescue Grace from sin
5th grade and David in the back row
When I go camping I imagine views like the following.
But when my boys go camping, they imagine playing with fire.