Someone had posted a 30-second video clip by Dr. Arturo Azurdia III from the 2018 Shepherds’ Conference with the title “You Are Not Here to Change the Culture.” (I’m not sure if it’s Todd Friel’s title or Dr. Azurdia’s) The clip is posted on the “Wretched” Youtube channel.
Advance the cause of Right Wing politics. Advance the homeschool agenda. Shut down all the Planned Parenthood clinics. Clean up the elementary school playgrounds in your neighborhood. All of which are fine for a person to engage in as a Christian individual but none of these reflect the agenda assigned to us by the Lord who has determined our principle means of influence as the church.
I tried to find the entire talk but was unable to do so. If I misrepresent the speaker, I apologize in advance. Todd Friel of “Wretched” offers a brief commentary on Dr. Azurdia’s comments and holds a similar opinion. Friel says that “we have not been given the mandate by Jesus” to work to stop abortion, deal with education issues, or be involved politically.
Dr. Azurdia makes the good point later in his message that in our dealings with the world that we should neither be consumed by the world or feast on the world.
How do Christians avoid either trap?
If Dr. Azurdia and Friel say that the above actions by Christians “are fine things for a person to engage in as a Christin individual,” how does the Christian individual know in what way or ways he should be involved so he doesn’t fall into either of the two traps?
This is where the church comes in. If “all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17), then the church should address “every good work” by the study of Scripture.
This means that pastors should deal with the abortion issue because the Bible deals with it. In this way, Christian individuals are prepared to handle the topic biblically and practically…
Here is Pastor Azurdia’s full sermon from the Conference: