Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong. -Francis A. Schaeffer
In the 1960s and 70s, the counter-culture opposed Biblical values and instead expressed the notion of “freedom” through a hedonistic emphasis on free “love,” drugs, and resistance to authority. This movement was considered counter-culture because society at large did not embrace this lifestyle. Fast forward 50 years and these micro tendencies of the past generation eventually became the accepted and exalted societal norm. While this bygone era released the seeds of this movement, it has become woven it to contemporary laws and worldviews. Therefore, being counter-culture today is holding fast to Biblical truth.
Consequently, today’s Christian leaders have a choice to make. Do we follow the flow of society for the sake of relevance? Do we go along to get along? In the Scriptures, we find a familiar narrative regarding a man named Daniel who was faithful and unrelenting in serving and openly worshipping God. This was not a great challenge for Daniel until the government of his day decreed that any worship (outside of worshipping King Darius) was punishable by death. Daniel could have quietly maintained his position of honor and favor with the King but instead chose to continue to worship his God and accept the consequences of his actions. For Daniel, leading counter-culturally was non-negotiable as it should be for us today. Christian leaders never hold a finger to the cultural winds to find direction but instead seek the source of the wind for divine guidance.
-Soli Deo Gloria