The Challenge of Living in a Post-everything Culture
Updated: Jul 6, 2019
Over the past fifty years, the Western world has been changing at a rapid rate so that we now find ourselves, as the people of God, in a post-everything world. This brings many challenges, but maybe one of the most significant of all the challenges we face is related to the way we choose to live in this post-everything world. Do we buy into the post-everything culture, or do we live counter-culturally within it? There is no easy answer to this question. However, I would suggest that where the culture does not contradict the gospel, then we should seek to inhabit this post-everything culture appropriately. Where the culture is in opposition to the gospel, then we must live counter-cultural lives that radically confront the accepted lifestyle of our time. The difficulty we face is determining that which is at odds with the gospel and that which is compatible with it.
Differentiating between the two is not easy because a Christendom form of Christianity has influenced us for so long that we find it hard to separate that which is gospel orientated from the cultural accretions of Christendom. Thus, we need to re-evaluate both the gospel and our Christian faith seriously. I would suggest a small community of believers is the best setting for doing this. Such a group would consist of those determined to address these issues resulting in a practical commitment to live out their faith sensitively and thoughtfully within this post-everything world.