Dear God...How Do I Live in a Culture I Don't Like?
Change is inevitable, but those changes are not always for the better. The culture we live in affects us, and sometimes it's easy to blend in to that culture. However, we shouldn't act like everyone else because we as Christians choose to follow someone else (John 17:13-19). We are set apart, we are called to make a difference and bring people closer to God. Rejecting and condemning culture is not always the answer, nor is constantly critiquing, copying or consuming it. If we don't like the culture we're living in, we can change it, starting with ourselves. The life we live speaks louder than the words that we say (Philippians 3:17-21). To do this we must remember who we are. We are exiles and foreigners; citizens of heaven (1 Peter 2:11-12), and we are called to love people right where they are.
2) How would I describe the culture I'm living in? Am I condemning, critiquing, copying, consuming or changing it?
3) What steps can I take to change the culture around me for God's glory?