One of our Operational Values at DRC is “Relevance.” The challenge is and always will be, “How do we stay relevant?” But before we can stay relevant, we need to be relevant. So, the second challenge is actually the first challenge, “How can we be relevant without selling out our values?” “How can we be relevant and stay grounded in the truth of God’s word?”
But, before we can even be relevant we need to get to the place where we love people.
The bottom line is this, we can’t be relevant to people that we don’t love. We don’t have to like our culture, but we do have to like the people in it. We have to “separate the sin from the sinner” as the old saying goes.
There are a lot of things to not like in our world. It may even be possible to have a “holy disdain” for a society that loves what is evil and hates what is good. But if we group our neighbors, friends and co-workers in too tightly with the current culture and then carry our feeling of disdain over from culture and onto people, we will never be relevant. We’ll be jerks. And jerks aren’t relevant to the world around them.
So, pray that God will give us a heart for people. That we will actually be sympathetic to those who are living lives apart from God’s plan instead of holding it against them or quietly wishing they would get their act together and be more like us.