Go Against the GrainMarch 21, 2007
If you go against the grain, you get splinters, regardless of which neighborhood you’re from …
-Romans 2:9a The Message
As Christians, we’re called to be “set apart” (Romans 1:1) and “stand firm in the faith” (1 Corinthians 16:13). In doing so, we have to “go agains the grain” of culture.
Therefore, we need to life differently than the culture – we need to live according to the Bible, which is the Truth (John 1:1).
By going against the culture, we’ll get ‘splinters.’ But what is pain? After all, we have the best ‘pair of tweezers’ in the world – Jesus Christ. Jesus is the one who we can place our trust and take refuge in. He will remove the pain and give us the strength (Isaiah 40:31) we need to overcome any obstacle (James 1:5-6). And just think, when we get ‘splinters,’ it will transform us into better Christians who can stand firm (James 1:2)!
So what are we doing here? Let’s get out and take culture head on! Let’s do something more than take a few pot-shots at the issues, wait for the culture to come to us, or argue within the Church – let’s go all out! Let’s live life boldly for Christ – not cower in the corner. We have the most powerful being in the universe on our side, why don’t we take advantage of that?
Put your faith in the Lord, be bold, and take culture head on.
//Bring it World