The concept that we Christians are in a culture war actually implies that we have a distinctive culture. Unfortunately, much of what we consider to be evangelical culture is actually derived from the world around us—not just in the imitation of the world but also in the very foundations of how we think about the world.
It’s relatively easy to poke at the culture presented in a Christian bookstore and see many cheap knock-offs of the world. From Bibleman to Thomas Kinkade, from romance novels to pop cantatas and Christian Rap, we have cleverly adapted and marketed a more “acceptable” notion of worldly products. However, we are still operating within the same categories and pre-printed shelf labels of a secular bookstore. They have literature, self-help, and biographies—so do we. They have jazz, pop, alternative, and country—so do we. What we don’t have is an attempt to defy the categories and customs of the world and to think differently, more biblically, about developing a Christian worldview. Christian worldview is not replacing disposable romanticized secular stories with disposable romanticized Christian stories.
Biblical worldview requires the re-examination of all of life with Christ as the integration point of all things. From mowing the grass to watching t.v. to dressing in the morning to worship, how does the lordship of Christ influence and direct our steps in all areas of life?
Until we more clearly grasp the undergirding of Christ’s authority and integration of all things, all of our efforts will be faint replicas of various ungodly philosophies with little to do with authentic Christian culture. We are all called to be theologians—to study doctrine—and then to put it in practice, to the glory of God and for the changing of culture. That’s when we’ll really see a culture war.