USA (MNN) — Yesterday we talked about the decreasing influence Christians have on their culture in the United States. The change comes after decades of Christianity being the dominant view in the country. Rex Rogers, president of SAT-7 USA, a satellite TV ministry to the Middle East and North Africa, says U.S. Christians today live in a transitional period.
“Now we’re just a seat at the table and not the head of the table…Hey, we’ve got to figure out how to live in this multi-religious world, this pluralistic world where lots of other -isms are being followed, including paganism and immorality, so on. But we’ve got to still proclaim the Lordship of Christ to all of life.”
Sharing God’s Love
It might be time we take a page out of SAT-7’s playbook. SAT-7 is unique in how it uses satellite TV to make God’s love visible. This allows the organization to respectfully make known God’s heart for people, even in restricted nations.
“I work with a ministry in the Middle East and North Africa, where the church is a very small percentage, church meaning the body of Christ. And they have for decades or even centuries lived under oppression or outright persecution. The Church there is resilient and strong. And the Church knows who they are. They have figured out how to live out their faith in, a coin a phrase, a multi-religious world,” Rogers says.
SAT-7 uses non-traditional methods of ministry to make God’s love visible. The organization is careful to obey and be sensitive to the rules of the areas it broadcasts into without sacrificing the truth and hope it shares.
SAT-7 USA also provides a weekly podcast called “Unconventional Ministry”. The podcast explores unconventional ways ministries in the U.S. are sharing about Christ’s love and living out biblical Christianity. Take a listen here.
Living out Biblical Christianity
Rogers notes living out biblical Christianity includes looking for hypocrisy in our own lives. How can we share the Gospel and God’s Word if we ourselves do not submit to it? Rogers has some other thoughts on living a biblical Christian lifestyle which impacts the local culture, too.
“Share our faith with our neighbor, and by all means, love our neighbor. There’s not a lot of love your neighbor floating around in current politics right now. And for that matter, maybe even church politics but boy, that gets right back to those basic commandments. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.”
As for today, start with prayer. Pray for political leaders on both sides of the aisle. Pray for unification within the U.S. Church. Also, pray for the culture in the U.S. and for the children who will inherit it.
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