Summary: This sermon explores what it is like to be a Christian in a postmodern world.
Introduction: I started reading a new book a couple of weeks ago. It’s a book written by Bill O’reilly entitled “Culture Warrior.” O’Reily who is a News Commentator for The Fox News Network believes that the United States is in the middle of a “Culture War.” According to O’Reily, the battle is between Traditionalists (those who embrace the traditional Judeo-Christian values that this nation was founded on) and the “Secular Progressives” (who reject the traditional Judeo-Christian values and want to change America into a ‘Secular Progressive” country. It is a very interesting book and I tend to agree with Mr. O’Reily.
In fact I believe Traditional values have been under attack for the past 15-20 years. How many of you remember Dan Quayle? He served as Vice President under George Bush Senior and during the 1992 re-election campaign Quayle delivered a speech in which he made the following statement regarding the rioting that took place in Los Angeles in May 1992. He said, “I believe the lawless social anarchy which we saw is directly related to the breakdown of family structure, personal responsibility and social order in too many areas of our society.” Then he made several comments that supported that statement. As He closed his speech that day Quayle said, “It doesn’t help matters when prime-time TV has Murphy Brown – a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid, professional woman—mocking the importance of fathers, by bearing a child alone, and calling it just another ‘lifestyle choice.’
Well in the weeks to follow the News Media crucified Quayle and did their best to portray him as an uneducated, intolerant, bigot. The controversy surrounding Quayle’s comments not only contributed to President Bush’s defeat, but it also cost Quayle his political career.
But that is ancient History. What about now? Well, the way I see it we are living in a nation that in many respects is as ‘secular and pagan’ as any nation on the face of the earth. Even though a large percentage of Americans still think of themselves as Christians, in reality they aren’t.
The Church in America today needs to wake up and realize that we are no longer living in the glory days of the 1950’s. We need to realize we are no longer living in a nation where the majority of people go to church 3 times a week. We need to realize that we no longer live in a society that respects and adheres to the basic tenets of the Christian faith.
In fact, we live in a society today that has very little respect for the Christian Faith or for those of us who call ourselves Christians. So, having said that how are we as Christians supposed to live and work in this kind of society? How are we supposed to be the Light of The World and the Salt of the Earth, that Jesus has called us to be? How are we supposed to make a difference in America today? Those are very important questions and I want us to take the next few weeks to discuss them. This morning I want to focus your attention on the world in which we are living…