Engaging Culture as a Creationist

Motif 5- Christ the Transformer of Culture

We understand that the real force that changes people and cultures is the faithful proclamation of God’s Word and the working of the Holy Spirit, as God’s people pray and faithfully share about Christ and His role in history. So creationists employ a range of teaching tools- hosting Grand Canyon trips, engaging in public debates, taking friends and workmates on field trips to museums, etc.- to transform public opinion on the matter.
These efforts help remove stumbling blocks that keep people from acknowledging the Bible’s authority and responding to the gospel. Our primary concern is not to convince a secular culture to become creationists, but to make disciples of Christ, the Creator and Savior of the world.

Taken from Answers in Genesis magazine

Written by Mike Matthews

Engaging Culture as a Creationist

Motif 4- Christ Above Culture
God’s creation of the world in six literal days-“the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” as it says in the Decalogue (Exodus 20:11)- is possibly the most countercultural belief we can hold today. The very fact that we hold this view, and embrace all that it implies with marriage and life, is enough to show the world that Christ has the right to rule this world and each individual life.
Given the current animosity toward Christianity and the Bible, we aren’t likely to win any overt arguments to put Christ first in public life. But we do have the opportunity- and obligation- to seek to persuade the church that the biblical account of creation stands above culture, and that submission to the secular alternatives is foolish and theologically untenable.

Taken from Answers in Genesis magazine

Written by Mike Matthews

Engaging Culture As A Creationist

Motif 3- Christ and Culture in Paradox
As we work and serve in our communities, we run into difficult situations and find ourselves joining in common cause with people who do not believe exactly as we do. Creation scientists often work with secular colleagues on valuable research projects. Many people in the Intelligent Design movement are not young-earth Christians (or even believers), yet we may find it helpful to use their books and videos to highlight “irreducible complexity” or the logical fallacies in Darwinism.
When it comes to the public square, some young-earth creationists may choose to join others in defending the liberty of Christian teachers in science classes, sometimes feeling the paradox of cooperation with those of somewhat differing convictions.

Taken from Answers in Genesis magazine

Written by Mike Matthews

Engaging Culture as a Creationist

Motif 2- Christ of Culture

“We need to show our secularized culture how modern science is rooted in a biblical understanding of the Creator. We remind people that central figures of Western Civilization, such as Isaac Newton, were themselves young-earthers. Our own love of great culture and science shows that creationists truly love the good work that modern scientists are doing. Our disagreement is not with science per se, but the mistaken assumptions about early history, which fall outside of observable science.”

Taken from Answers in Genesis magazine

Written by Mike Matthews

Engaging Culture as a Creationist

"Motif 1- Christ Against Culture
Our willingness to be different -openly different- exposes people to the reality that the secular worldview is not the only alternative. Our public stand is a guaranteed conversation starter that can take many forms. It may involve private gatherings with neighbors or family , letters to the editor, or comments in the classroom and at work. At other times we may support Christian research institutions and publishers that run counter to the prevailing culture. In each case we faithfully endure the scorn of the cultural elites as we stand against their massive indoctrination program in the universities, museums, and media.”

Taken from Answers in Genesis magazine

Written by Mike Matthews