Parsley Says Christians Not Engaged in Culture War
By ALLIE MARTIN
Pastor and Center for Moral Clarity founder Rod Parsley says the current generation of believers has failed to engage the culture. In his soon to be released book Culturally Incorrect: How Clashing Worldviews Affect Your Future, the author and minister says the culture wars have entered a new, critical phase for the United States.
In his parents’ generation, Parsley points out, 65 percent of adults espoused a biblical worldview; however, that number dropped to 35 percent of people in his generation, and he says if current trends continue, by the time his 18-year-old daughter is in her 40s, the percentage of adults who espouse a biblical worldview will have dropped to only four percent.
There is a lot at stake, the pastor asserts. “We are losing the Judeo-Christian worldview,” he says. “It is being stolen and raped from our educational systems, it’s being thwarted in our political systems, and when worldviews collide, nations hang in the balance.”
Parsley feels secular humanists are winning the culture war because many Christians are not involved. He says believers must display attitudes and actions that honor Christ as they engage in the culture war and avoid adopting the tactics of their opponents.
“We must be very careful not to respond in like kind,” says the founder of the Center for Moral Clarity. “We must understand that we are called to be salt and light, and we are called to exemplify Christ in every situation,” he urges, “and we must certainly refrain from the name-calling, and the belittling, and the personal attacks. And that’s what I strive to do in the book — present the worldviews that are in conflict in America today and let people make their choice.”
Parsley is senior pastor of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio. He says a new Great Awakening is possible, with a mix of evangelism, social action, and the engagement of culture.