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Cultural Activity as Service to Neighbor

November 26, 2016

Christians should pursue cultural activities not with a spirit of triumph and conquest over their neighbors but with a spirit of love and service toward them. Far too often Christian writers and leaders imbue their audience with a drive to take over— to take over politics, education, the courts, and whatever else (or maybe it is put in more palatable terms, such as taking back instead of taking over, as if Christians are the rightful owners of everything and are simply reclaiming what is already theirs). The New Testament does call us “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rom. 8: 37), and on the day of Christ’s return we will share in his visible triumph over his enemies (e.g., 2 Thess. 1: 5– 10). But until then God calls us to be involved in activities such as education and politics not in order to trounce opponents but to serve neighbors.

VanDrunen, David. Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture (Kindle Locations 1884-1890). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

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