RSS

Christian Faith and Culture

Christian Faith and Culture

By Jill Briscoe

As I have traveled this world from east to west and have seen God’s fingerprints in His marvelous creation, I have had to conclude that this is God’s world!  As I have looked with awe and delight at His creative handiwork in China, Europe, and the Americas, I could almost hear Him say to me as He said to Job:

Where were you when I laid the Earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.  Who marked off its dimensions?  Surely you know!  Who stretched a measuring line across it?  On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy (Job 38:4-7)?

Yes, this is my Father’s world.  Yet the pain and evil I see in our current culture helps me to understand a little bit better why this, my Father’s world, broke my Father’s heart.  I understand in a new way why it says in Gen. 6:5-6, “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.  The LORD was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain.”

I have visited prisoners in Taiwan, stood in the killing fields of Cambodia, heard a bomb blast close at hand in Croatia, watched British SWAT teams hunt for terrorists in Northern Ireland, and returned home to the “good old U.S. of A.” to hear hundreds of our own kids killing each other on the streets.  As I look and listen in all these situations, the violence, the victimization, as well as the victory of the book of Job begin to make sense to me.  There is so much pain, not only in our extreme physical dilemmas, but also in the emotional and relational realms of current culture.  Husbands and wives beat and devour each other; children agonize over what they did wrong to cause Daddy or Mommy to leave the family; mental and verbal abuse are meted out to tiny children, the old, and the infirm.  Even churches and some of their leaders self-destruct, bringing spiritual pain to hundreds of disillusioned people.

But I am a Christian.  And so I believe that this, my Father’s world that broke my Father’s heart, has not been abandoned.  This is God’s world, and He wants it back!  He will not allow it to blow itself to pieces.  As Job puts it, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).  God does have a plan—a purpose for this hurting world.  It is to reconcile people to Himself through Christ, to give humanity a chance to know Him, to be forgiven, and to learn how to forgive in return.  Our heavenly Father wants us to live empowered by Him in this life, with the certain hope of living with Him in glory in the next.  To this end, the Father calls individuals to Himself and makes them a family, entrusting His own to make this good news known to those who have never heard it.


Just Between Us (JBU) has compiled numerous resources on Christian faith and culture - to help you living as a Christian in this broken and hurting world.  Explore timely articles and advice on surviving and thriving in this current culture and be encouraged by God's promises and His faithfulness at all times and in all things.  


How do we go about finding balance in life; handling all that culture throws at us and responding correctly? How do we live “in the world and not of it”? Read more

Health

We live in a culture of discontent. Let’s commit to growing grateful hearts in our children, helping them to see more of life’s circumstances with gratitude. Read more

Gratitude

If God is real and we put our faith in Him, shouldn’t He be the controlling force in our lives? Shouldn’t we be living on purpose in surrender to His will? Read more

Finding Purpose

It’s not how people look at you that defines your beauty. Allow God to take the world’s faulty understanding of the word beautiful, and redefine it for you. Read more

Self-Esteem

Creativity is so much more than crafts, home décor, and pin-worthy meals. Moving beyond Pinterest, see how God can use His creativity through us for others. Read more

Community

How often do we deny others the powerful blessings of our words, by simply not sharing them? Imagine a world where words were used to lift up and not tear down. Read more

Relationships 4 Comments

Do you struggle with the power labels and expectations have over you? These lessons learned from a prostitute turned princess may help. Read more

Self-Esteem

Peter didn’t have the political correctness of today. So what does he mean in the Bible when he called women “the weaker vessel”? It’s actually a compliment! Read more

Bible Study

It’s difficult not to react when confronted with hurtful comments. But, when we seek to focus on God’s wisdom, we learn to respond with more grace and mercy. Read more

Relationships 1 Comments

We all experience moments of weakness and attempt to hold our burdens high. But what if we surrendered our weights to God, the strongest of all? Read more

Faith

We all long for someone to see our pain, our struggles, the real us. What a blessing when one says “I see you!” Lord, give us eyes to see and help a hurting world. Read more

Culture

Singleness in the 21st century can be a struggle - especially when faith values no longer align with cultural norms. So how do you live your best “single” life? Read more

Culture 1 Comments

Beware of the American Ministry Idol. May we shake off the need for man's approval and look only for God's as we serve in a culture that is very “Idol” driven. Read more

Leadership Advice

What should you should say to someone who is hurting or in response to someone who has hurt you? Read more

Faith

In our search to be Christian women who are both bold and gentle, we must avoid the pitfalls of either side. Read more

Faith 1 Comments

As God allows troubles to come our way, we can be overwhelmed. Yet meaning is found in opening our eyes to injustice and trying to speak up about it. Read more

Culture

Why does our worldview matter? Because the “glasses” we wear affect how we see the world. And sometimes this keeps us from seeing things the way God sees them. Read more

Culture

When we take on the enemy, we must have boldness in the name of Christ. We must declare that there is but one God and that He is the only Savior. Read more

Trusting God

What things are you getting worked up about? May God give us the courage and commitment to give our lives to the things that really matter! Read more

Spiritual Health

Justice is not simply an add-on, a social program, or a missions activity. It is a reflection of God’s character that is indispensable to God’s mission on earth. Read more

God's Will