I’m always down to hang out at a coffee shop and talk about striking the ever-elusive dichotomy of the sacred and the secular within Christian culture. It’s a fascinating idea that people wrestle with due to (I think) the lack of a modern-day instruction manual (aren’t things always more interesting that way?).
Modern Christian culture has a peculiar way of allowing small chips of a postmodern world to seep into the fabric of faith. Sometimes that isn’t a great idea.
Most times, actually. I would submit that “engaging the culture” is a term implying offense, not defense. It is an action word. A verb. It requires mobilization. It demands movement. Engaging the culture, by its very nature, means someone needs to get the wheels turning to avoid idle stagnation.
But how? Take the word “sacred.” This refers to connectedness to God, blessedness, piety, virtue and goodness. Now let’s take secular. These are things that are removed from a religious system and outside of the church. Postmodern self-absorption. That sort of thing.
How, as a Christian, does one strike the balance of injecting sacred values (love, faith, hope, etc.) into the snow globe dome of the secular world? Does the Christian NEED to do that? Or is the Christian called to take secular things for what they are, and then “love God, and do as they please?” (Martin Luther)
Broad brush questions. Probably broad brush answers. If striking the balance was easy, everybody would do it. Although “engaging the culture” with sacred values is no easy task, we ought to consider the best approach to a pursuit that may very well be worthwhile and necessary, after all.