Cultural Awareness in Light of Current Conversations: Part 1- Politics and Religion

We live in a world of conversations that circulate around us.  There are two primary types of conversations that we need to seek to engage in as Christians.  Failure to engage in these conversations is something that leads Christians to becoming disconnected with the issues and questions that are being raised by many different people who are longing to have these questions addressed.

The first discussion that is going on is one of the culture.  This is a discussion that comes out a lot in politics and news.  These are conversations that have been sparked by everyone from political candidates to scientists to other news makers.  These are conversations that revolve around the following questions:

  • What is wrong with the world?
  • What can we do about it?
  • What role, if any, does religion have in society?

These are the questions that we see being asked by people like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain.  They are looking to see how the role of a president looks in addressing these big questions from a national standpoint of America as a world power. 

The religion question is being asked by radical atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, but the discussion does not stop with just the academic individuals that write New York Time‘s bestsellers.  It goes on to include fictional books such as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code

We as Christians need to be reading these books and listening to the ideas of these politicians in order that we may be culturally aware of what the world around us is listening to.  This helps us to be able to more clearly speak the Gospel and the Christian world view into the culture around us.  The answer to all of the world’s questions is Jesus Christ.  We have the answer to the hurts of the world.  We need to be actively engaged in conversations to talk Jesus into the culture around us. 

We will look at the second question tomorrow.