Christian. For most, it’s a person belonging to a particular religion. For many of our listeners, it is an identity. But for social media giant YouTube, per a WND article, it is unacceptable content. In the United States, a Christian ministry’s request to run an ad on YouTube was recently denied for including the term “Christian.”
Zoom out for a big-picture look and Rex Rogers, president of SAT-7 USA, a satellite TV ministry to the Middle East and North Africa, notes this is not a complete surprise. There have been signs for quite some time that Christianity is losing its influence in the public square.
“Our country, our culture has largely drawn its sense of morality and values, which, of course, goes into law and education and entertainment…from that source. From Judeo-Christian sources. That’s what’s changing rapidly in the last…20 years,” Rogers says.
Living a Biblical Christian Lifestyle
What Christians need to realize is that even though their influence on U.S. culture is slipping away, God has not disappeared. Rather, Christians living out a biblical worldview will increasingly look different from their culture. In a sense, this is a good thing.
“If we’ve become too much like what preachers call the world, worldliness, and people can’t see in the church, or in Christian people, any distinctive difference from the world around them, then what’s to draw them to Christ in Christianity. What draws them to the Church? So, it can get our attention in a positive way to make us wake up,” Rogers explains.
The message of the Gospel doesn’t change, but how it is shared might. And U.S. Christians will likely need to relearn how to live out the Christian faith, particularly in a pluralist society where God’s truth is increasingly hard to share and unpopular. After all, truth in the United States is viewed through a relative lens rather than considered absolute. However, it is vital truth is shared with love and respect.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn