I hear a lot of talk among Christians about the need to be countercultural. To teach our kids the true right from wrong. To not back down on our convictions. To stand up for what’s right no matter what the “world” is saying.
And I do think we should teach our kids right from wrong. Even if it’s not popular.
Isn’t it countercultural to love our enemies? To bless those who curse us? To show kindness to those who disagree? To have such love for our fellow Christians (with all of our differences) that everyone will know we are Christ’s disciples (see John 13:35)?
Perhaps being countercultural looks less like making sure everyone knows our stand on hot button issues and more like shedding our preconceived notions about certain kinds of people. Or certain kinds of sin.
Perhaps being countercultural looks less like picketing and more like eating with those our culture finds despicable (see Mark 2:13-17).
It’s easy to judge. It’s countercultural to show grace.
Why aren’t we leading the way in grace? In love? In kindness? In hospitality? In respectful conversation?
Are we afraid? Of the sin we might encounter along the way?
We don’t seem to be very afraid of sin. Not sin we consider acceptable anyway. Our sin sits before us.
Yes, being countercultural does also mean taking a stand against sin.
What do you think it means for a Christian to be truly countercultural?