[featured_image] Three years ago today on March 4, 2008 I posted: The Challenge of Engaging the Culture.

In the post, I outlined 5 Reasons Why Christians in America Don’t Engage the Culture. I decided to post a brief summary of these thoughts because I believe these are still issues that Christians face in America today.

Engaging the culture around you with the gospel can be a struggle.

Deciding that you are a “missionary” right where you live doesn’t automatically result in effective engagement with those around you. In an article I read recently, Why People Struggle with Engaging a New Culture, it identified several of these struggles that are faced when adjusting to an international assignment.

These responses are certainly relevant when applied to a missional context here in America:

  • “I don’t want to.”
  • “I don’t know the culture around me.”
  • “I don’t like the culture around me.”
  • “I’m afraid of cultural differences.”
  • “It doesn’t feel right.”

Engaging those in the culture around you isn’t always easy or natural, but it is necessary to embody the mission and message of Jesus. Making an intentional commitment to study (exegete) the culture around you is a necessary first step.

Cultural adjustments may be necessary even in your neighborhood, town or community. The challenge of making disciples wherever you live may require a cross-cultural experience. Be understanding. Be patient.

Seek to be Jesus to those around you.

Read the complete explanation of the 5 Reasons above inThe Challenge of Engaging the Culture.