Ryan is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory, NC. He is the host of the "In The Room" podcast, and the author of 8 Hours, Or Less: Writing Faithful Sermons Faster.  

Captains Of A Sinking Ship

There has been an unfortunate trend within Christianity these past couple of decades. An increasing number of us have a deep desire to assimilate into culture rather than stand as a refuge of hope outside of it. 

Understand, I’m not saying we should all move into the woods, burn our secular music (anyone else do that when they were young?), or stop watching movies. I am saying that we need to get honest about the desires of our hearts. 

Many of us want to live like, look like, and sound just like our culture SO THAT we will be respected and accepted by it. That’s like wanting to be captains of a sinking ship.

When the Titanic struck an iceberg and began to sink, people were scrambling around doing lots of things, but there was one thing nobody was doing: posturing to be captain of the ship. Their only concern was getting off the ship and for some, to help as many others as possible do the same. 

In the same way, our concern shouldn’t be ego-boosting influence within the culture. Our culture is in opposition to God and will thus sink just like the Titanic. Our concern should be having and helping others experience peace with God and that’s impossible to do AND be universally accepted by a culture in opposition to God. 

In Luke 6:26 Jesus said, “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to false prophets.” Here’s an important point:

If no one speaks well of you, you may be a jerk. If everyone speaks well of you, you’re not living like Jesus. 

So whose pleasure and approval will you live for today? Will you seek the approval of the sinking ship of our culture or the approval of our sovereign God? Culture will sink, God will not. Let’s be sure we’re seeking the right approval. 

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