I recently had a conversation about American culture with an acquaintance. It was an interesting to listen to this person, with a different perspective that I, lament about the problems they see in American today.
As I listened, I couldn’t help but hear the overwhelming defeatist attitude. “That’s just the way our culture is going,” I heard over and over again. “Nothing we can do to change it.”
I refuse to have this mindset. I refuse to sit back and let the culture I love and the country I (mostly) love decay away. Now, I’m far from idealistic. (Some might even say I’m too pessimistic) I think America can change. I I don’t think these changes will come overnight. I don’t think these changes will be easy. (Is any change easy) If I’m honest, I might not even live to see these changes happen. The American culture may very well continue to decay on its path with no end in sight.
But, what I am optimistic about is that all things are being redeemed and will be redeemed in time. I might not see it now, but I can see glimpses of this truth everywhere and I have faith to know this is true.
I know I am not doing my part. I am not bold enough when I need to be. I can no longer sit idly by. I need to be effecting our culture in all of the ways I live my life. I need to think about what this looks like in my life and I need to pursue it voraciously.
I will not be defeated because Christ will not be defeated.