As a church leader, it can be challenging to navigate the current culture that is rocketing further and further away from biblical values. However, as followers of Christ, we are called to show love and bring light to the world, even in the midst of chaos. So, how can we guide our people in responding to the culture with light and love? Here are some tips to help you along the way.
1. Start by evaluating your own heart, beliefs and understanding of the Bible
Before you can guide others, it’s important to examine your own beliefs and understanding of the Bible. Take time to study and reflect on what the Bible teaches about love, grace, and truth. Ask yourself if you are living out these values in your daily life and ministry. It is vitally important for us to live holy lives modelling to our children walking in the truth. Only then can you effectively guide others in responding to the madness of our culture with light and love.
2. Be humble when engaging with people who are not in agreement with your stance on scripture
It’s easy to become defensive or prideful when engaging with those who don’t share our beliefs. However, as followers of Christ, we are called to be humble and respectful in our interactions. Listen to their perspective and seek to understand where they’re coming from. We may not always agree, but we can still show love and respect in the midst of disagreement.
3. Show respect and give opportunities for conversation without judgment
Many people feel judged or criticized by Christians, which can create barriers to open dialogue. Instead, seek to show respect and create opportunities for conversation without judgment. Ask questions, listen to their answers, and seek to understand their perspective. You may find that you have more in common than you originally thought.
4. Make sure to understand their perspective before trying to explain yours
Before you try to explain your stance on scripture, make sure you understand their perspective. This will help you communicate more effectively and identify areas of agreement. You may also find that you need to adjust your approach based on the person’s level of understanding or familiarity with the Bible.
5. Listen more than you talk – be a student of the person you’re having a conversation with
It can be tempting to lecture or preach at someone, but this rarely leads to productive conversations. Instead, seek to listen more than you talk. Be a student of the person you’re conversing with, and try to understand their experiences and beliefs. This will help you communicate more effectively and show them that you genuinely care about them as a person.
6. Pray for guidance as you try to show them God’s love through your words and actions
Finally, remember to pray for guidance as you seek to show God’s love to those around you. Ask for wisdom, patience, and discernment as you navigate challenging conversations. Ultimately, our goal should be to point people towards Christ and His love, even in the midst of a crazy and chaotic culture.
As church leaders, we have a responsibility to guide our people in responding to the culture with light and love. This can be challenging, but it’s possible if we approach it with humility, respect, and a willingness to listen and learn. By evaluating our own beliefs, showing respect, and seeking to understand others, we can reflect God’s love to the world around us. So, let’s pray for guidance and ask God to use us to bring light and love to a culture that desperately needs it.
Hank Holley, Church Consultant