Preaching Christ to the Culture

Preaching Christ to the Culture

Tim Keller has a chapter in his book, Preaching, with the title above.  How do you go about preaching Christ to the culture when the culture doesn’t seem to care?

Where I’m Coming From

I grew up during a time when a large majority of people in my culture said that they were Christians.  Not all went to church every week, for sure.  But when asked about their religious affiliation, they would identify with the Christian faith.

In fact, when I felt a call to be more involved in evangelism, I learned methods like The Four Spiritual Laws, and The Kennedy Method of evangelism.  In both of these “systems” of presenting the good news, it was assumed that people understood what it meant to be a “sinner”, and that they felt guilt as a result of that.  They accepted the belief that there is such a thing as absolute truth.  And they believed that they should be “good”, in the sense of living out the values of the Bible.  Preaching Christ to the culture meant that I could explain things to them that they would recognize and understand.

The Culture

Today the story is different.  People don’t feel guilt as a result of their thoughts, words and deeds.   No, let me put that differently. People definitely feel guilty about some things (lies they tell, people they hurt, etc.), but they don’t feel a sense of being guilty before God.  Rarely do you ever hear in my country about “sin”.   And if people do “sin”, they don’t feel a need to go to God to feel forgiven, or released from guilt.

Belief in absolute truth doesn’t exist any more in my culture.  When I think about preaching Christ to the culture I have to realize that people don’t accept what I am proclaiming: that there is one truth, and it is Jesus Christ.  Now if I present the truth about Jesus Christ as God in the flesh come to die for the sins of the world, and that Jesus has become part of me through the presence of the Holy Spirit, the response that is most likely is, “Whatever works for you.”

People today don’t know the Bible, much less the various directives about being good that are found in it.  This is really quite strange, this Biblical ignorance.  When Billy Graham was preaching, he could assume that everyone knew the basic theme of the Bible.  That is just not true today.

Decline of the Church

During this last generation, with the change in the overall culture, the Church here has declined in numbers and in influence.  The number of people who describe themselves as “none”, or, as having no religious affiliation, now equal the number of evangelical Christians in this country.

And the slide continues.  People in the world are skeptical at best, or apathetic at the worst.   Earlier in this blog we looked at what it means to preach evangelistically.   What does that mean for preachers in this kind of catch 22 of an increasingly secular culture and a declining church?

Preaching Christ to the Culture

So how do you go about preaching Christ to the culture when it has drifted so far from where it was?  Maybe your culture is different from mine.  But for the sake of this blog, I want to reflect on a couple of things that I believe need to change if we are going to reach an increasingly secular society with the good news about Jesus Christ.  There are questions that I will try to answer over the next few posts.

preaching judgment to the culture

preaching judgment

Do we preach like the prophets of old, with a confrontation of culture?

Or do we adapt our message to fit the overwhelming narcissism of the society in which we minister?

Do we stop preaching to the culture, and challenge Christians to be salt and light?

What’s the right approach in church, and what is the right approach when I speak with my neighbor or friend?

These are the kinds of questions we are going to explore together.

To encourage your thinking about this, here’s a video from Jeremiah Cry Ministries.  They believe that confrontation is the best approach to culture.

805 replies
  1. Texas Car Shipping
    Texas Car Shipping says:

    Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Appreciate it

    • Bruce Ballast
      Bruce Ballast says:

      I work for Christian Leaders Institute, and their tech department set up the whole thing. So, sorry, but I don’t know how hard it is or the steps to take.

  2. cheie bolta
    cheie bolta says:

    I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented in your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

  3. Buy Reductil
    Buy Reductil says:

    An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

  4. Acquistare Salbutamol
    Acquistare Salbutamol says:

    Have you ever thought about writing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog centered on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would appreciate your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

  5. Wachstumshormon kaufen
    Wachstumshormon kaufen says:

    Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Thanks a ton!

  6. Waxing near me
    Waxing near me says:

    I am really enjoying the theme/design of your blog. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility issues? A few of my blog readers have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any ideas to help fix this problem?

  7. erjilopterin
    erjilopterin says:

    I’m impressed, I have to say. Actually rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you’ve got hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the difficulty is something that not sufficient persons are speaking intelligently about. I’m very comfortable that I stumbled throughout this in my seek for something regarding this.

  8. Melodie Martig
    Melodie Martig says:

    I just want to mention I am beginner to weblog and certainly savored this website. More than likely I’m planning to bookmark your website . You amazingly have tremendous articles. Bless you for revealing your web site.

  9. Antonietta Defosses
    Antonietta Defosses says:

    El contenido dispuesto en dicha web no podrá ser reproducido ni en todo ni en parte, ni transmitido, ni registrado por ningún sistema de recuperación de información, en ninguna forma ni en ningún medio, a menos que se cuente con la autorización previa, por escrito, de la citada Entidad.

  10. Waylon Verduzco
    Waylon Verduzco says:

    Somos una empresa de reparación de Electrodomésticos y disponemos de los medios necesarios para atender su solicitud de una manera rápida y eficaz, y profesional. En la reparacion de Electrodomésticos en Madrid y pueblos, contamos con el servicio técnico especializado y adecuado para solucionar su problema. Le ofrecemos garantía por escrito en todas las reparaciones que realicen nuestros tecnicos en Madrid. De esta forma podemos atender con mayor rapidez a nuestras llamadas con lo que la satisfacción del cliente es mayor y el coste para nuestros usuarios mucho menor.

  11. Asuncion Sivertson
    Asuncion Sivertson says:

    Entre los jóvenes cancionistas” rioplatenses hay uno que siempre tuvo inquietudes un tanto más experimentales: Manuel Onís, que en los noventa supo estar al frente del grupo El Horreo. Cuatro niños de uniforme de una escuela privada y católica, una imagen de un Cristo muy kitsch y cuatro cubos en el piso que se disponen de tal modo que cambian la escenografía de un momento al otro.

  12. Tasha Rathmanner
    Tasha Rathmanner says:

    Hola ,son unos sinvergüenzas,yo compre una caldera de gas fagor y con sólo tres meses de uso el técnico a venido cinco veces ,en su servicio pone que en 24 horas están allí,totalmente mentira!!!!tardan3 o4 días y lo que con ello conlleva estar sin agua y sin calefacción ,nosotros hemos puesto una queja en consumo y si no nos la cambian vamos a seguir por vía judicial,ya está bien de que nos engañen!!!!!

  13. Roanoke pain management
    Roanoke pain management says:

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I am very glad to see such wonderful info being shared freely out there.

  14. g from
    g from says:

    I’d like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this website.
    I am hoping to check out the same high-grade content from you in the future as well.
    In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my
    own, personal site now 😉

  15. g first
    g first says:

    Can I simply say what a comfort to find someone who actually knows what they’re talking about on the internet.
    You actually understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
    A lot more people really need to check this out
    and understand this side of your story. It’s surprising you’re
    not more popular given that you most certainly have the gift.

  16. Winford Yaftali
    Winford Yaftali says:

    They contact the creator Shonda however she doesn’t seriously like being referred to as like that. To engage in hockey is some issue she seriously enjoys doing. His home is now in Indiana. He is presently a manufacturing and distribution officer but he plans on changing it.

  17. says:

    I think this is one of the most important info for me. And i am
    glad reading your article. But want to remark on few
    general things, The website style is wonderful, the articles is really great : D.

    Good job, cheers

  18. says:

    First of all I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to
    ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to
    writing. I have had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my ideas
    out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions
    or tips? Many thanks!

  19. says:

    This is really attention-grabbing, You’re an excessively
    professional blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and stay up for searching for extra of your magnificent post.

    Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks

  20. cbd oil that works 2020
    cbd oil that works 2020 says:

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment.

    Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thank you!

  21. Velma Brandon
    Velma Brandon says:

    Friends simply get in touch with him Terrance Cage and he enjoys it. What me and my loved types appreciate is to play rock and roll and now I have time to get on new items. She is currently a credit rating authoriser but before prolonged her spouse and her will start out their possess small enterprise. I’ve often beloved dwelling in New Jersey.