There is no doubt that there are some heavy duty issues on the board nowadays, although it will depend on which side of the culture war you’re on as to which are important or how much. We in Jesus need to take a stand for the poor and the helpless. And the desire to be good stewards of the earth. We will always and forever be considered backward by the world. We don’t buy into the sexual revolution that anything goes. But we do buy into Jesus’ promise that all can come.
The curse of the culture war perhaps most simply put is that Christians on either the left or the right get caught up into an agenda which at best is only partly of God’s kingdom, but is more or less of this world. I notice that Christians on either side march pretty much in lock step with either the Democratic or Republican Party or their ideal of that. And while everything is important in its place, it seems that this is front and center, often the ready topic of conversation for any day.
Again, I am not suggesting that Christians can’t have political leanings with regard to the world scene. And perhaps some are called to a political endeavor. The politics we as followers of Jesus should be engaged in is the politics of witness. Our witness as the church is in terms of the good news for us and for the world of God’s grace and kingdom come in Jesus. The difference that makes in our lives together and individually. Although realized only through Jesus and in his church, a light even for nations. So that for example instead of learning and training for war and building up their military (war machines), nations can learn and train for peace. Using violence strictly as a last resort to protect the innocent from evildoers. Even while we in Jesus continue to live out the ethic of the kingdom spelled out in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the way of the cross, the way of nonresistant love even against our enemies.
However this plays out for us and for our church we need to hold steady in living out something of the answer and refuse to get caught up into an agenda which is something other than our calling in the grace and kingdom of God present even now even as we await its fullness for all things– in Jesus.