Category Archives: Culture at Midnight

Caution: Microcosms of Malice

And so it happens again, this time in a church. People are gathered to worship. Children playing with friends. Adults enjoying conversation. There is music and prayer. A community has come together in the name of the Lord, Jesus.

A man, boiling with hatred enters the sanctuary and begins firing a weapon which has as its sole purpose the taking of human life. It performs flawlessly. Twenty-six brothers and sisters of the Kingdom are dead with another twenty injured. The illusion of safety in this world, if such an illusion persisted, is shattered in a tiny town in Texas.

Another mass shooting. Days before, a worshiper of a demon god (certainly no righteous deity could have inspired such an act) murders eight innocents with a rented truck in New York. Before that, 58 killed in Las Vegas. Elsewhere in the world, acts of cowardly inhumanity are standard fare. Hatred has gone viral. Continue reading Caution: Microcosms of Malice

On a Garden that Needs Tending

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace…


 

I’ve been thinking about the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis. It occurs to me that it is a fitting inspiration as I learn how to coexist in a culture nearing midnight.

All around us we hear of violence and antagonism; of dispute and discouragement. Time and again I feel like “throwing my hat into the ring” on some of it.  I want to make my opinion known. Fight for the right, you know? I recently did just that and then regretted it. I’ll talk about that next time.

Seriously, what good will it do to stake out my position in a society that is coming unraveled? Particularly when my own garden here in “God’s Kingdom coming” needs tending. While the world outside blusters and blows, shouldn’t we be the calm in the storm?

St. Francis does a good job of outlining our job here between heaven and earth:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy. 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive, 

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

New Blog Update

A while back I wondered on this blog about starting another blog at stonebutterfly.net, a domain name that I hold. I was concerned about some of the things I see going on in the culture and was thinking about addressing the “in-house” response that we Jesus followers should make as we live in a culture nearing midnight.

I’v e decided not to start up another site. I already curate this one at  ‘tween2worlds as well as twoworldsmedia.com, summithome.org, danmayhew.net, and I need to be launching the site that’s sitting idle at abideministries.us.

Enough, already!

Rather, I’ve decided to try to consolidate my of my online activities so I’m not splattered all over the web. That means that my thoughts about the church in a culture at midnight will appear here at ‘tween2worlds.  They’ll have their own category, “Culture at Midnight.” There are a few already so labeled.

Stay tuned for more.

Shalom, y’all!

Another Blog? Maybe Not…

I’ve been thinking about starting up another blog. Believe me, I’ve been resisting. I already have responsibility for multiple sites. It’s not like I need another one to think about. Still, there is something that won’t leave me alone.

I believe in recent years, there has been a shift in the cultural climate.

There was a time when we as Jesus People felt we had the opportunity, even an obligation, to influence the direction of culture and society. We got political; we sounded the alarm and called the church to action; we urged the electorate to take back America’s Judeo-Christian heritage; we decried the downward moral slide of Western culture. We designed programs and launched campaigns.

I think those days are over.  Continue reading Another Blog? Maybe Not…

The Decline of the Eden State

Out of EdenWhat is the “Eden State”? It is a nation that believes the self-evident rights of its citizens are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights — privileges — were precisely the ones bestowed on the first humans. And we all know how that turned out. Perhaps we are on the precipice of a similar catastrophe.

No Surprise

The trajectory of American culture should come as no surprise. Futurists like Francis Schaeffer predicted with uncanny accuracy Continue reading The Decline of the Eden State

50 Shades of Deadpool: Culture Near Midnight

OK, there was Fifty Shades of Grey (the book and the movie) and more recently, Deadpool. There are others, but  what I am talking about is “entertainment” that stretches the boundaries of taste and deliberately slaps at morality. What amuses us says something about us and our culture.

It’s Time We Had a Talk

I am not referring to a conversation on sexual expression and preferences. Rather, we need to talk about culture and where we are as a society—where we are going. It says something when a movie that explores sado-masochism is hyped on main-stream television, or when a super anti-hero snuffs life after life with raucous abandon. The normalization of deviant sex and graphic violence for comic effect says something about the dominant culture.  Furthermore, it begs the question: as Christ-followers are we going to be a part of the dominant culture or secede from it? Will we bend to the will of social norm, slowly and belatedly, but ultimately acquiesce? Continue reading 50 Shades of Deadpool: Culture Near Midnight