Countering Culture

I don’t think of myself  as especially “countercultural,” but I have been seeing and hearing the word a lot lately–primarily as a description of Jesus and the kind of lives he calls his followers to lead.

This is fairly disconcerting, because as I listen it becomes clear that there is a real cost to Christian discipleship. I know this intellectually–have known it for a long time–but this is more than an intellectual exercise. Living faithfully, following the Risen Christ, has consequences.

For example, Jesus is really clear about loving our enemies, and forgiving people–advocating and practicing peace.

I heard today that 5,000 Americans have died in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003. Did you know that in that same period that 25,000 Americans died at home from being shot or committing suicide? For every U.S. person killed in Iraq, 50 have died violent deaths at home.

The speaker said that shows that we are pretty violent society. He also said Jesus expects us (me) to do something to change it.

I think he’s right. I don’t know what it will be yet, but I am praying to be shown how, when it comes to guns and violence, I can be more countercultural.