I picked up a great book a while back, Effective Parenting in a Defective World, by Chip Ingram. It resonated with me in a real powerful way! We live in a very defective world. TV, billboards, music, and movies, all point to the defective nature of our culture. We now live in a world where right is wrong and wrong is so attractive. We hear phrases like, you need to “trust your heart”, couple that with “my head say’s no, but my heart says yes”. How are we to navigate through this insanity? Is it completely hopeless, a lost cause that we need to resign to the fact that we, too, will soon be as defective as our culture? I don’t think so! We have a hope that the world doesn’t have. We have steadiness in the middle of this crazy storm.
2 Kings 6 tells of an instance where the prophet Elisha was with the King of Israel surrounded by an invading army. When the servant of the King was terrified, Elisha was calm. He asked God to open the servant’s eyes that he might see what he sees. At that moment the servant saw that the mountains were filled with horses and chariots of fire. The angelic army of God was with them.“Greater is he that is in us then he that is in the world”.
Here’s what Chip Ingram say’s about this,
“Depraved environments never prohibit God from accomplishing His purpose through children of righteousness. He can take ordinary parents like you and me and, with His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit, teach us to help our children break through the culture and even transform it.”
What is the plan to transform our culture? If you are a parent, what is your plan? Do you have one or are you going with the flow. Be careful, the flow of culture generally takes you to some very difficult places.
“…Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
(Here’s an Idea to do as a family or individually)
Write out some ways in which the culture is defective?
Write out what you believe a mature follower of Christ looks like?
(Here’s some help- Romans 12:1-2; Matt. 22:37-39; Matthew 28:19)
What steps are you taking toward that end?
Easter IS our HOPE! The resurrection is what we have to keep us counter-cultural! We have a hope that our culture only dreams.