Biblical values

In the comments on the last post, there was discussion over where the edge of cultural engagement and sin come into play. In that same Youtube series for the Desiring God conference, Mark Driscoll says this: 

The real evangelical problem is that we have defined culture and worldliness as synonymous… We tend to think that the Christian subculture in church is good, and culture is bad, but the truth is there is worldliness in both… If a non-Christian writes a real nihilistic song, let’s say an indie rock or punk rock song, that’s real depressing and morosing over the messed-up state of the world, I go “Cool, that’s consistent. The non-Christian is disappointed at life in a cursed world under the fall. Ok.” What bothers me is the Christian that sings about the goodness of human nature or man-centered theology. That’s the one that bothers me. Not the non-Christian that’s depressed, the Christian that is happy for no reason! So we’re less about Christian culture, and more about is it in line with Biblical values.            

  So the issue is knowing the Bible and knowing what you believe about the Bible, and making sure that you evaluate everything through that lens. For instance, that’s why I like the movie The Ringer but I don’t like Facing the Giants. The first one has some cussing and a few jokes that I could have done without, but the underlying message is that all humans, including those with mental disabilities, are still people, still have feelings, and are still valuable and important. Facing the Giants has no objectionable content to speak of, and yet the underlying message is that if you come to Jesus, then everything goes right in your life. Apparently once you surrender your life to Him soon after He will bless you with a baby, a new truck, and a state championship. So, which one is more congruent with the values of God’s kingdom?

I think the issue of sin comes down to values. We have to decide what things in culture are worldly (greed, pride, immodesty, etc.) and fight them with everything we have. But on the other hand, we also have to decide what is congruent with Biblical principles, even if it doesn’t necessarily come from “Christian” sources. Jesus said, “I am… the Truth.” Wherever we find truth in culture, we must realize that it ultimately comes from Him, because He is truth personified.

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~ by lukewil86 on June 23, 2007.

2 Responses to “Biblical values”

  1. “I think the issue of sin comes down to values. We have to decide what things in culture are worldly (greed, pride, immodesty, etc.) and fight them with everything we have. But on the other hand, we also have to decide what is congruent with Biblical principles, even if it doesn’t necessarily come from “Christian” sources.” That is really what it comes down to. Is it wrong for me to hang out with friends at the mall? Long as I don’t spend lots of money while there, no. There’s a time when I’ve have been extremely loathe to do that, ’cause it was what the “other” kids did. But now I see that you’re never going to reach “those kids” if you’re not willing to do anything like them. There’s nothing wrong with something like walking the mall, so it’s something that I should be willing to do.

    “Wherever we find truth in culture, we must realize that it ultimately comes from Him, because He is truth personified.” It’s kind of like no one would say that a^2 + b^2 = c^2 isn’t true just because Pythagoras was a heathen–it’s true because that’s how God made it. And it’s cool to think that all truth comes from Him…maybe I’ll be able to bear history now–every true fact came from him, even if it is boring at times. :p

  2. *sigh* I know they say that all good things must come to an end, but I didn’t figure it would have to end this soon….IT’S BEEN NEARLY A WEEK SINCE YOU POSTED! You must have been busy this week. 🙂

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