Discipleship in toxic environments

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What if your passion is controversial (e.g. gun control, immigration, political etiquette)? Could it still be used to make disciples among the nations? Let’s talk about the why, what, and how of making disciples even in a toxic social environment.

Our main challenge is not to point to the current social and political environment we are living in – that it is difficult, challenging, and even toxic goes without saying. However, as those who belong to the Triune God of Scripture and History, our attitude toward the way the world is should, clearly, be different.

For starters, we must embrace the reality that there is no difference between the secular and the sacred: all of life matters to God, all of life can be redeemed by His Beauty, all of life is under His lordship. We are called to participate in this life, to care about the here and now precisely because our God cares about it, while taking us toward His glory.

That is the WHY: He is there, He is not silent, He is faithfully present. And so should we.

From the letter of the Apostle Paul to Philemon we get the WHAT and the HOW.

These are the fundamental steps we must take, this is what we need to do when pursuing our passion in a hostile environment, with the desire of making disciples among the nations:

  1. Consider the way the world is. Do not deny the problems our community is facing, do not pretend they are not there; Face reality.
  2. Remember that He is able and willing to restore (and that He does!). This is the other part of reality. His Beauty is effective, here and now, to restore us back to Him.
  3. Factor in the reality of eternity’s proximity – it’s closer than what we think. This is theĀ “greater scheme of things” we must consider what we are facing in this life.

Now, for the HOW.

Your participation, engagement, activism (a.k.a. discipleship in cultural diversity) must…

  1. Consider the new IDs provided by His Beauty. We and those around us – even the people we my dislike – are not what our enemies (our sin, the world, Satan) are telling us we are. We are define, eternally, in function of His Person & Work.
  2. Reflect Christian forgiveness
  3. Not be separated from the proclamation of the Good News
  4. Cost you. A lot.



Before your next involvement for the redemption of culture, think deeply about the following questions.

  • What false identities are you accepting about you, and about those round you?
  • How are you promoting, or not, Christian forgiveness in your activism?
  • How big is your personal investment in the part you are taking for the redemption of culture?

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Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.