Posts Tagged: society

Going Counterculture by James Rafferty

Going Counterculture

February 27, 2017 | James Rafferty

My 19-year-old daughter recently shared for our family worship some insights from a book she is reading for her university Bible class. When she finished, my mind went to the following scripture:

“As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time” (Daniel 7:12).

This verse describes both the military dominion and cultural influence of four great kingdoms: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome (Daniel 7:17, 23). The prophecy indicates that while each kingdom’s dominion and military control was lost to each succeeding power, the lives of these conquered nations were prolonged.

Defeated but living?

The life of a nation is found in its culture—the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. These four cultures, though they differ in expression, are characterized by exonerating man and displaying his achievements. This is the culture of “I”, expressed today in things like the iPhone and social media, which enable our self-centered way of living.

Jesus turned the culture of “I” upside down. “Not I …
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James Rafferty

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Where's Your Salt by Jeffrey Rosario

Where’s Your Salt?

July 2, 2015 | Jeffrey Rosario

I wish I could have been there that day when Jesus took a seat on top of a mountaintop, an audience looking on, and His disciples getting comfortable around Him. “He opened His mouth and taught” (Matthew 5:2). The spiritual truths He expounded on that day would later become known as the “Sermon of the Mount.” One of things I wish I could have seen was the looks on the disciples’ faces when Jesus began telling them about His dreams for His church, which at that point consisted of precisely them. They were a pretty non-impressive group; tiny pawns in a brutal world dominated by the mighty Roman Empire. What could Jesus realistically expect of them?

Jaws definitely dropped when He said: “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). How could these seemingly insignificant disciples be considered “the salt of the earth”? Why salt? In their world, salt was not only used to flavor foods but more critically it was used as a preservative. Without modern refrigeration, salt …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Light Bearers