Dear Christians, The Culture War is Over, We Lost.

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{I don’t normally post on political topics, or even on solely spiritual ones. Mostly I write about filmmaking from a biblical worldview, or church tech, etc… but I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while. Regular posts will resume after this brief interruption.}
Dear Christians,
In a short time the Supreme Court will rule on marriage in America. But no matter what that ruling is, it won’t change this fact:
The culture war is over. We lost.
We lost because it took 20 years for us to realize we were at war. This war of ideals started in the 1960s, but the Religious Right got going in the 80s. By then we were already on the defensive. We were most concerned about maintaining the power to enforce our rules. But legal authority alone does not engender revival.
We lost because we decided to let school and church teach our kids the most important lessons. We shirked our responsibility as parents. We are supposed to “train up a child” and teach them what it means to live a righteous and holy life. Instead we left that education up to Sunday School teachers who saw kids for 1 hour a week. How can we be surprised when a college student leaves home and then drops out of religious practice? We didn’t teach them what was important. Someone else did. How can we be surprised when our children’s views differ from our own? We didn’t teach them.
We lost because our own faith is little more than weekend window dressing. We go to church, and then go home and live like everyone else in the world. We don’t live as Christ did. Non Christians look at us and see little beyond a seemingly irrational, deeply-held belief that we are right and they are wrong. But if we are different and correct, why don’t we live differently? Why don’t we love differently?
We lost because we were fighting the wrong war. By all means, vote and speak up about morality, injustice, and erosion of freedom. But those things are not the reason we live on this earth. God didn’t ask us to protect our way of life, he asked us to be ambassadors of the reconciliation. I fought in this political war. I wrote about it, I voted my values, and railed against changes. It’s easy to get riled up about things that erode your status quo, it’s hard to live a life that proves your claims are real and better. The war against sin is less about other people’s actions, and more about our own.
We lost because we were fighting a political war when we should have been fighting a spiritual one. Do we believe our enemy is not flesh and blood? Do we really believe there is a spiritual aspect to this conflict of ideals and morals? It’s easier to rally the vote and cry about discrimination than it is to get on your knees and pray and trust that God hears and is in control. Want to change the world? Coercion through legal means doesn’t change anything but outside behavior, and that’s temporary at best. Change the world- truly change the world by changing hearts.
We lost because we were more concerned with making sure everyone behaves correctly than we were with making sure everyone has a personal, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. We were more concerned with proving America was founded on Christian principles than leading Americans to Christ. We were more concerned with telling people what was sinful than we were in helping people find the one person who could take that sin on himself.
We lost the culture war.
Let the spiritual revolution begin!
2 millennia ago a small group of believers was not in a position of political or legal authority. In fact, many were killed for their beliefs. They focused on one thing, making disciples. They didn’t shy away from speaking the truth, they called people to repentance. They lived lives that marked them as different.
Let the spiritual revolution begin!
Their lives were not easy, and they were often persecuted. But they were faithful. They made disciples. And that small group of believers grew to over 2 Billion today. Somewhere along the way we, in Western culture, lost the sense of urgency, lost the love for people and desire to see them in a reconciled relationship with God. We became satisfied. We became preoccupied with maintaining the status quo. I fear the only thing that will shake us from our steadfast satisfaction is the shattering of society as we know it.
The culture war is over, and we lost. Let the spiritual revolution begin!
Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think below. Normally I post about media from a biblical worldview, like these short films/shows.

The LOST Finale

A word of warning: if you have not seen last nights finale of LOST yet, don’t read further. There will be spoilers.

It’s over. Six years of intriguing story has finally come to an end. While I am still processing the plot, I was generally pleased with the 2.5 hour episode.

The last 10 minutes of the show struck me wrong, and have caused a few questions. I’m going to assume you watched the show, and not try to explain it all, just pose an interpretation:

I think the entire sideways-flash-world was some sort of afterlife/limbo/purgatory. But the island was real. In many ways I felt like this was a bit of a cop out. They could have stayed away from the “I see dead people cause we are all dead” ending there and moved toward a more sci-fi ending, with an alternate reality that could not continue to exist.

To a person, those who “remembered” their previous lives seemed to prefer the real life to the one that they had created together in sideways-flash-world. The final scene did not have to be Jack’s dad revealing that they were all in an afterlife. It could have been Desmond leading them to flash back to the island, to a reality that was required to be real because the power of the island had to continue for reality to continue.

But on the other hand I was pleased to see the writers give a significant nod to the spiritual aspects of the show.

So yes, the sideways-flash-world was an afterlife construct where they all had the chance to live out what could be considered their preferable lives, but in the end they all drifted together. And then moved on, through the glowing doors, toward the light.

My favorite part of the episode was watching how all the characters remembered. We were all reminded of their most critical moments in the show. Very emotional. This storyline was all about emotion, and not about explaining things. The other storyline was about explaining, sort of.

The start of the season, that was where we were first introduced to this alternate timeline. Some will probably think that the nuclear bomb killed them all, and both parts of the show were in the afterlife. I think there are too many loose ends and inconsistencies to have that theory hold.

I think that the nuke’s blast broke through to the pocket of energy, and everyone time shifted back to the “present”. The blast from the bomb was consumed by the pocket of energy, so the reality was that they changed nothing in the past. And therefore, Juliet was in the wreckage of the hatch, and died in the arms of Sawyer. The blast fixed the time issues, but did not change the past.

When we saw Jack die, that was him actually dying. Everyone else that died on the island, died then for real. Then they were all together in the sideways-flash-world, in that time, because as Jack’s dad said, there isn’t really any time after death.