Watching the news or scrolling through social media can be depressing.
But according to Cameron – people respond in either one of two ways.
Which is why Cameron issued a countercultural challenge to every Christian.
Cameron visits Cornerstone Chapel in Loudoun County
Kirk Cameron is known for standing up to libraries who refused to let him read his children’s book to families.
And you may have seen him on the news or even on TV.
But last Sunday, Kirk Cameron visited Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia and spoke from the pulpit.
He briefed the congregants on his battle to fight for religious freedom in libraries – and fired up the crowd with how they could too respond to what’s happening in our culture.
To set the stage – he acknowledged that when people learn about what’s happening in culture – they essentially respond one of two ways.
Cameron said there are some Christians who are simply the “reporters”.
They report and post about what’s going on . . .
. . . but they don’t do anything about it.
These folks are quick to report on how the future looks bleak for our kids . . .
. . . or all the bad things that are happening – but that’s about all they do.
Cameron stated these folks may even be right about what they are reporting – but all they do is “report” with no solution and he said “all of this just piles upon us” like a “boulder of fear”.
And then – there are those who act.
In contrast to those who simply “report” about what’s going on in culture . . .
. . . the reformer is a person who actually does something about it.
“Reformers are the ones who see what’s going on in the culture and change the culture. They’re solution oriented. They’re action oriented,” Cameron told the church congregants.
He was clear to make the distinction between simply trying to “change culture” instead of using the Gospel to lead the way.
“Trying to reform the culture without the Gospel however doesn’t work. It’s never worked and it can’t work. Why? Because you could have great advice, great policies, you could have Biblical truth… you could have all of these good ideas,” Cameron proclaimed.
“But without the Gospel you and I are still suck in Adam’s prison, we’re slaves to sins holding on to good advice and great ideas,” Cameron said.
And he’s exactly right.
Christians can make a difference and stand up to what’s happening in our culture to push back against the radical pro-LGBT agenda, or abortion activists.
But the power isn’t in the “idea” on how to change culture.
It’s in the Gospel.
All throughout history, it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that has changed hearts and minds.
The Gospel has power – power to change even the hardest of hearts and bring them into repentance and obedience to Christ.
Without people having a true heart change – nothing is sustainable.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. “Joshua 1:9
Cameron ended his speech reading Joshua 1:9 reminding Christians to be brave – and keep their eyes focused on Christ first.
“Reform yourself first. Reformed men, reform their world. Starting with their marriage. And their family. And they don’t stop. They keep reforming. They reform their church, their friendships, their workplace, their government and culture,” Cameron challenged the room.
May each of us first start with ourselves, making sure our life is aligned and right with God.
And as we live a righteous life – may we bring that into our marriage and family as we honor our spouse and teach our children to know and love the world.
Cameron believes as we take each step of “reforming” in our circles it is what reforms culture.
Each individual at a time.
We are called to such a time as this, so don’t be discouraged or feel despair.
Remember to be brave, and know that God will give you everything you need to impact this world for Christ.
Do you consider yourself to be a “reformer” or “reporter”?
What are your thoughts on Cameron’s statement that only the Gospel can change lives?
You can post your answers to our Facebook page and join in the conversation with other believers from all around the world.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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