This means that we need to see every aspect of life as subject to Christ, not just the moral component. Rather than living a disintegrated life—a compartmentalized life, we want to see apprentices of Jesus flourish in lives of integrity, integrating faith and reason, faith and life, faith and vocation. We need to explore the relationship of Christ and culture and subvert the notion of an occupation in favor of a vocation, a job in favor of a calling. Apprentices of Jesus need to see Christ as relevant to all of life, “every square inch” as the statesman Abraham Kuyper said, and this includes transforming the disciplines with a view of God’s redemptive, missional perspective.
Jesus didn’t come simply so that we’d have a greater morality. The apostle Paul said, “Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.” This includes how we spend money, what it looks like to be a Christian engineer, doctor, lawyer, home maker, political leader, artist, journalist, etc. This is not a theocracy like the Old Testament, but a Christ-bathed culture is a game changer including creating culture suitable for Gospel presentation.
We need to be culture makers, or shapers for the good, by helping people find and sustain a developed Christian world and life view. Christ in culture makes a difference. Christ transforms culture. These are some of the reasons we focus on changing culture. When culture corrupts, we need to be counter cultural; even revolutionary in the way of Jesus.
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