Life Abundantly In Spite Of Our Culture
Jesus tells us John 10:10 - I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. We see in Genesis that God values creation, creativity, beauty, abundance, bounty, growth and multiplication. God desires fruitfulness for his creatures and us. God has put the same nature in us as he has so that we rejoice at the birth of a child. So why does culture push as in the opposite direction? Some are knowing pushing that way. Others, of which there are probably many, are just swept along for the ride.
God's Intent vs. Cultural Messages: - lets put them on the balancing scale.
Much of culture around us celebrates that which is not God's design. We need to know the good shepherd and act as a gate keeper for our children and community because God's desire is for them to experience the abundant life. It is a call for action to advocate for what is right. We also need to care for those who struggle with these issues and others. We need to demonstrate empathy and compassion for those who struggle. When we do our church and culture will benefit.