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Challenging Cultural Values

Sarah Jones

Jul 16, 2023

Bottom Line

The church can challenge cultural values by embodying the values of the Kingdom.

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Kingdom values often clash with the world’s values.

He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”
When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Soon the whole city was in an uproar.

Acts 19:25-29
The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Fellow Ephesians, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to calm down and not do anything rash. You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of what happened today. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.” After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.
Acts 19:35-41

Bottom Line

The church can challenge cultural values by embodying the values of the Kingdom.

We are called to embody the character of Jesus while living out the ways of Jesus.

The cultural value of wealth is challenged by the kingdom value of generosity.

The cultural value of power is challenged by the kingdom value of trust.

Action Steps

This week, reflect on these questions:

  • What value of the world has its hold on you?
  • What would it look like to embody a kingdom value instead?