How Important is the Church Within the Broader Culture?

There are some entities so important and essential to the public trust that any compromise of their values or operational protocols risks the public welfare.  The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is such an entity.  Grave concern exists presently within the government and the general population about the degree to which the Supreme Court has been “politicized!” It traditionally has been viewed as an agency that stands above the whims and trends of politics and is strictly charged with simply “interpreting the law.”

This morning I read of an even more important entity within the broader culture!  It has to do with the role of the Church of Jesus Christ!  Here’s Apostle Paul’s word of caution to Timothy regarding it…

Paul stated, “I am writing these things [these instructions and cautions] to you so that, if I delay [in coming to you] you may know how one ought to behave in the Household of God, which is the Church of the Living God, the pillar and buttress of the truth!” (1 Timothy 3:14-15)

Tragically, within our culture today that role for the Church has been severely compromised!  The godly behavior of Christians within “the Body of Christ” – the “Household of God” – has been relegated to “situational ethics!”  All is lost when “the Church” ceases to be, both in behavior and belief, the “pillar and buttress of truth!”

Church leadership – authentic, godly Church leadership – must recognize the importance of their role within the broader pagan culture!  This is a sobering responsibility!  If the Church does not sustain and fulfill this role, who will?

If you are a part of a congregation that insists on the inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, His sacrifice for our sins on the cross, His bodily resurrection, the essential need for “new birth” (Spiritual rebirth), the need for evangelism, and the importance of a transformed lifestyle for Christians characterized by righteousness and loving Christian service; you are indeed blessed!

God help us!  May we truly be “the Household of God – the pillar and buttress of truth” within the broader culture!!!  

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