Where are you??? This is, as a Christian. Are you looking at yourself as a subculture. Just sitting there, doing your own thing, not really affecting anyone else. The Greeks are a subculture in America. They sit around and eat their lamb, listen to their music, have big families and in some areas dive for sponges. The Jews are a subculture in America. They all are lawyers and don't eat pork. They are wealthy and have their Sabbath on Saturday. Stereo-typing to make a point.... sorry guys.
Christians- Are we sitting around, going to church, singing our songs, sitting in our corner reading our Bible but not really doing a whole lot. Are we making an impact on society as Christians?
Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.."
Is there enough evidence in your life to convict you of being a Christian?? I pray there is in my life. Being a Christian isn't something that you do.... it's something that you are! You are the creation. God is the Creator! You are in Christ and Christ is in you. So your actions should emulate Christ in ALL things. By doing so you should be pointing others to Christ. Countering the decay of society around you brought on by sin!
OR.... are you blending in to society. People know there is something different about you but they aren't quite sure. You seem different yet you are the same in so many areas that they can't quite figure it out.
Titus 2:11-15"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in thepresent age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority Let no one disregard you."
Being a Christian shouldn't be something that you become to avoid Hell. It's not a choice of just Heaven or Hell. It's a choice of your life changing the INSTANT that you allow God to be the Lord of your life. You are no longer your own. You are moving in to God's perfect plan for your life. But free-will allows you to decide if you want to do that or not. "For God so loved theworld, that He gave His only begotten Son, thatwhoeverbelieves in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." -John 3:16
BeThecounterculture!!!You have the most important gift to share. There is a God!! No wait.... there is ONE GOD!
"The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God " Psalm 14:1
As you may have heard before. Don't go to church... BE THE CHURCH!!
Culture--the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group;also:the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time
Subculture--an ethnic, regional, economic, or social group exhibiting characteristic patterns of behavior sufficient to distinguish it from others within an embracing culture or society
Counterculture-- a culture with values and morals that runcounterto those of established society
Counter--to act in opposition to
In sociology,countercultureis a term used to describe a cultural group whose values and norms of behavior runcounterto those of the social mainstream of the day
As understood in sociology, asubcultureis a set of people with a distinct set of behavior and beliefs that differentiate them from a larger culture as a whole of which they are a part of.