february 14th - Countercultural
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. Psalms 1:1-2 (NKJV)
A person who is countercultural is a person who chooses a lifestyle and values that move in the opposite direction of those found in the established culture. If you ever wanted to be a rebel with a holy cause, you are living in the perfect culture and at the right time in history. If you believe that the Word of God is true, you are going to find yourself at odds with the new morality of the Post-Truth world. If you believe in the values as detailed in the Law of Moses and reaffirmed in the New Testament you are going to be a countercultural warrior.
This does put you in a special class of people, because the prophets of the Old Testament, John the Baptist, Jesus and
the early Apostles were all countercultural warriors. Why do we risk persecution and ridicule; why be so contrary and disagreeable; why not just embrace the cultural norms of the day and go along to get along. The answer for a Believer is simple, we know the truth. God's Word is true--Jesus is the way, the truth and the life--We know the truth and it has set us free... We are not interested in the counsel or wisdom of the ungodly, because we know the difference between right and wrong, and we know the difference between the truth and a lie.
The risk of persecution is real, and there will be a growing threat against those who live and speak the truth. That said, the blessings of God far outweigh the risk--and that is an understatement. Countercultural warriors will be blessed in this life and the life to come. Their children will also be armed with the truth and have the opportunity to avoid all the destructive and foolish behavior of the American Pop Culture. My advice: Know what you believe. Live what you believe. Stay true to what you believe.
Author’s Note: I do believe that “Countercultural Warrior” sounds better than “Cranky Contrarian.” In fighting the good light against the brazen plan to remake our culture into a nihilistic nightmare, I know that I cannot afford to fight fire with fire. (The destruction is already too great) My fight must not be carnal, but full of love and reason. My strength will be found in my delight with God’s Word. This is called focusing on the solution rather than the problem. RJD