The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Wednesday, September 03, 2003
The Family and Culture (a Reply to R.C. Sproul, Jr.)
An insightful comment from R.C. Sproul Jr.:

"That is, we will never make manifest the reign of Christ on earth until we, ironically as the Lutherans have been telling us, pick up the theology of the cross. The kingdom of God doesn’t belong to muckety-mucks in suits. It belongs to children and babies in diapers. And our call is to change those diapers, to raise those children, not to seize control, but likewise to pick up the cross. The way to seizing cultural leadership, Jesus told us, is to sit in the back of the bus."

R.C. you are half right.

Raising our children to love the Lord and to joyfully think the Lord's thoughs after Him is crucial for Christian culture. But we (and our children) must do more. The family is infrastructural to Christian culture. It raises Christian culture-makers who do the actual work of transforming the earth and building a culture glorifying to God. If we are not out there painting artworks, writing books, crafting chairs, building houses, plowing fields, etc. in Christian manner, there is no godly culture, just a self-perpetuating social instution becoming more and more alienated and insulated from society at large.

Just like it happened to the church.