This past Sunday we discussed the tension of being “all things to all men” (1 Cor. 9:22-23) without “being conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2). I unpacked biblically what we are (resident aliens – 1 Peter 1:1 & 2:11) and 2 things we are not (neither separatists who isolate from the culture nor syncretists who uncritically conform to the culture).
Interested in your thoughts: which do you feel is more prevalent in Coram Deo (or in your community) – separatism or syncretism? What aspects of each do you see in yourself and in those around you? How have these false models of cultural engagement (or disengagement) lessened the church’s gospel-driven impact in the world?
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