Rev Roland Sondergeld (Retired Presbyterian Minister)
Every culture in every corner of the globe has myths about humanity’s struggle for peace. Every culture in every place has it’s “Star Wars” pluralism. The Christian message has always had to compete for people’s hearts and minds. Every culture has its “Metanarrative”, it’s “Deep Story” which seeks to make sense of life. The world advocates putting trust in human power and human institutions. Political institutions lose their way. So do religious. When religion loses its way, it puts trust in power, not in the Living God; but in the power of institutions, to save and heal the world.
The cosmic war hasn’t changed. When Christ came in the first century AD, he challenged the culture of his day and he challenges our C21 culture with the words of 1 John 2:15-17.
Don’t love the world's ways. Don’t love the world's goods. Love of the world squeezes love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world – wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important – has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. But whoever does what God wants is set for Eternity.