Can we realistically fight against culture?
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In his great literary classic, Miguel de Cervantes gave us a wonderfully comedic picture of the legendary Don Quixote, who was a romantic in an age when Enlightenment logic was taking over the world. He was chivalrous at a time when individualism was robbing graciousness from society. He was an oddball who couldn’t see or hear well and was ridiculed as an out-of-touch misfit.
But when he dreamed of doing great deeds, was he wrong? Were his exploits mere madcap, or was Cervantes trying to tell us something about ourselves? Is there a way to be a “fool for Jesus” that allows us to be prophetic without becoming either lost in the whirlwinds of our time or defeated into Christian isolationism? Frederica Mathewes-Green explores this in her article “Loving the Storm Drenched.”
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40:15–24; Matthew 5:1–16; Romans 13:1–7; Galatians 5:22–23; Philippians 2:12–16a; Colossians 1:9–17
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one:God continues to shape human society and history, even in a fallen world.
Teaching point two: There are different theological perspectives on how Christianity can influence culture.
Teaching point three: Regardless of our theological perspective on the big issues, Christian morality requires that we faithfully serve those in need.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Loving the Storm Drenched, by Frederica Mathewes-Green (2006, 12 printed pages)
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