Our current cultural climate is deteriorating, progressively pitting itself against the Church and Biblical values. Poll after poll shows that Christianity in America is declining and that Christians themselves are becoming less convicted about their beliefs and faith practices. In this episode, Christian leaders are challenged to engage in today’s culture Biblically and offered three powerful reasons believers can be hopeful in these challenging times.
Dr. Kevin Baird is the Director of The Florida Capitol Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to building relationships between church leaders and government officials. With more than 40 years of extensive ministry experience, his professional background includes positions as a lead pastor, church planter, national conference speaker, college professor, talk radio host, Biblical worldview advocate in public policy, blog writer and media analyst on culture. Kevin holds a B.A. in Religion & Philosophy, an M.Div. in Historical Theology, and a D.Min. in the History of Christian Thought.
Despite this trend, many Believers hold fast to the truth that we hold the key for our world today. The key for renewal and regeneration is Jesus Christ.
Jesus himself exhorted His followers, saying “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14). In other words, it’s on us to preserve Divine Good in this world. It’s on us to shine the Light in the darkness. It’s not an overstatement to say that Jesus mandates that we influence our world.
You likely find yourself in some culture-shaping area of influence, and I encourage you — I encourage all of us — to shed the unbiblical notion that there should be a divide between the sacred and secular. When Christians retreat, hoping to leave a space or topic “neutral,” we cede ground to our Enemy. He always fills voids with lies, blindness and hatred.
God is calling upon your leadership in this hour, friends, and I want to encourage you to take heart! There are reasons to be hopeful!
My friend and respected Christian influencer in governmental spheres, Dr. Kevin Baird, recently addressed the graduates of Christian Life School of Theology Global. In his remarks, he outlined three great reasons to be hopeful in these challenging times:
Yes, prediction models may forecast challenging seasons ahead. Nevertheless, remember the words of Apollo 13’s Flight Director Gene Kranz. When unforeseen complications arose and hope seemed lost on that famous mission, he was asked if it would be NASA’s darkest moment.
He responded, “No, this is going to be our finest hour.”
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