â€œA passion for Christian maturity is easily obscured when church leaders become preoccupied with the churchâ€™s cultural relevance.â€ (9)
â€œFar from looking more like their neighbors in the interest of winsomeness, they are enjoined to live lives that put their neighbors to shame.â€ (11; commenting on Titus 2:1-10)
â€œSt. Paulâ€™s letter to Titus is a bracing rebuke to much of the vague talk about cultural engagement one hears in so many Christian settings. â€¦ It recognizes that cultural moods and styles can be enemies of faithfulness.â€ (11)
Noting that there are often secular voices pointing out the deadening effects of cultural trends, Myers goes on to say:
“But, all too often, these prophetic voices are ignored, as American churches have emulated the most popular trends of our time to attract people who want a spiritual supplement to the cultural status quo instead of a radical critique of the conventional wisdom. Christian leaders have assumed that â€˜engaging the cultureâ€™ means finding out what the majority wants and figuring out how to exploit those desires in the name of Jesus.” (11)
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