This week’s Weekend Wisdom (my new name for the end of the week, in-between the main GB posts) comes from one of my heroes in the men’s ministry space, Patrick Morley of Man in the Mirror.
Pat challenges us as men to look at our life to see if we are living with meaning and purpose. He writes “Perhaps the greatest weakness men currently face is that they tend to lead unexamined lives.”
I also add one of my favorite quotes by Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Both quotes lead to the question, “Do I live according to the ways of the culture or do you live according to God’s Word?”
In his post, Pat Morley describes a term called “Cultural Christianity” who are people that allow the culture to influence them more than the word of God. A cultural Christian tries to have the best of both worlds by exchanging the truth of God for a lie and the glory of God for idols. They sense a need for God but want Him on their own terms. They want the God underlined in their Bibles without wanting the rest of Him, too. Instead of wanting to please God by doing what He says is right, they do what seems right in their own eyes.
In many ways, a cultural Christian merely adds Jesus to his life as another interest in an already crowded schedule. They practice “Spare Tire Christianity”—keeping Jesus in the trunk just in case there’s suddenly a flat. They let the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth, take over their lives.
Take these questions seriously. Once you examine your life and feel you need something more from it, go find yourself a GodBuddy. Begin a discussion about how to live according to God’s Word. Discuss the ways the culture once influenced him and how the Bible now guides him.
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