As I have grown, I have witnessed two major ways of Christians interacting with our culture. Either they shun the culture entirely, using Romans 12:2 as a basis: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” or they immerse themselves in the culture, with no distinct difference between the lost and the saved, using the passage of Scripture where Paul talks about being all things to all people (1 Cor. 9:19-23)
While these are not the only two views; they are the two that I see most commonly in the society around me. While I disagree that we should “blend in”, as it were, in our culture, I also don’t believe that we should entirely shun the world and everything that is going on around us. That view is unbiblical: God calls us as Christians to take dominion over all things in this world, to be the salt of our world. To be the preserving agent of our society. And we can’t fulfill this command if we are ignorant about the issues of our world today.
We are called to be a peculiar people in 1 Peter 2:9: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light…” And we are called to be peculiar to those around us so we can spread Christ’s glory through….