Cultural revolution is the only thing that will shift our secular anti-Christian culture back toward godliness. I say ‘cultural revolution’ and not ‘evolution.’ No small changes are going to have any great effect unless those small changes are by millions and spread across the board — throughout politics, education, health and human services, law enforcement, you name it. We have drifted so far from the Christian heritage our country was founded upon that nothing short of cultural revolution will due to correct the issues that have been introduced.
I was reading an article today that impressed upon me the need for drastic change and where to start. I quote it below.
Until we stabilize the foundation, no number of programs, government grants, or elections will be able to repair the cracks in our cultural walls. There is no place where the foundation of America needs to be stabilized more than in the home. The breakdown of the family is the single greatest contributor to the deterioration of our country. Strong families hold the key to a strong society, while weak families lead to a weak society. This is true because every other institution in society depends on strong families. You can’t have strong families without God as their foundation.
“No man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).
What Does Cultural Revolution Look Like?
We can take a look at past non-Christian cultural revolutions to see what a cultural revolution looks like. One such revolution is China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. I quote form Wikipedia:
The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, commonly known as the Cultural Revolution, was a social-political movement that took place in the People’s Republic of China from 1966. Set into motion by Mao Zedong, then Chairman of the Communist Party of China, its stated goal was to enforce communism in the country by removing capitalist,traditional and cultural elements from Chinese society, and to impose Maoist orthodoxy within the Party. The Revolution marked the return of Mao Zedong to a position of power after the failed Great Leap Forward. The movement paralyzed China politically and significantly affected the country economically and socially.
Various schools of thought have emerged surrounding the nature of the Cultural Revolution. The movement’s complexities contain many contradictions: led by an all-powerful omnipresent leader, it was mainly driven to fruition by a series of grassroots-led popular uprisings against the Communist establishment. While Mao’s leadership was pivotal at the start of the movement, Jin Qiu contends that as events progressed it deviated significantly from Mao’s utopian vision. In this sense, the Cultural Revolution was actually a much more decentralized and varied movement that gradually lost cohesion, spawning a large number of ‘local revolutions’ which differed in their nature and goals
How Cultural Revolution Happens
The cultural revolution in China was stimulated by a popular charismatic leader who stirred up the youth of the nation to act. Mass rallies were held and in June 1966 middle schools and universities throughout the country closed down as students devoted all their time to Red Guard activities. Millions of these young students were encouraged to attack ”counterrevolutionaries” and criticize those in the party who appeared to have deviated from Maoist thought.
How Christian Cultural Revolution Can Happen
We need a different pattern for Christian cultural revolution to occur. Christians can’t attack anything physically, we are called to peacefully go about our work at changing culture. For example, bombing abortion clinics is not acceptable. We have to use peaceful means to effect cultural revolution. We have to abide by God’s Word in everything we do.
There are several things we can do, on a regular basis, and in large numbers to effect social change. The first is peaceful protest. Protesting is our God-given right. It’s looked down upon by many people because they don’t want to appear to ’cause waves,’ but isn’t that exactly what is needed? We need to make waves! Nothing will change without a large enough number of people demanding it. Peaceful protest is an easy way to take a stand on an issue publicly so that change can happen. When a large enough number of people indicate what they want, there’s a better chance of getting it.
Another thing we can do is to be more wise when it comes to voting for public officials. Don’t vote for someone just because they are charismatic, or because they stand on one issue the same way you do. What about the bigger picture? What about the other major issues? I know someone who voted for a president because they were ‘for’ something they wanted, an entitlement, while many other things the politician stood for were more important and against Christian principles. The ‘entitlement-inspired’ vote is seldom one that is best for a nation.
The next thing we can do is to write to our elected officials about current issues and bills they propose. It’s easy to do this today because you can use email to write your representatives. A quick Google search will reveal how to contact your state representative. The more and more people do this, the more our politicians take notice.
What Can You Do to Effect Cultural Revolution?
You know that Christians need a bigger voice in the affairs of our country. What are you doing to stimulate change? If you’re just sitting around complaining about our loss of freedom, about homosexuality being imposed upon our society, about the infiltration of Islam in Europe and America, about abortion or about any other social issues then don’t expect any significant changes away from those things to occur. Do something. Don’t complain silently. Don’t complain just to those you know and in your own household. Complain publicly — write your representatives — vote for someone who values Christian values and is willing to vote on issues that enforce them in our culture. Join a peaceful protest about something significant in your area or at the national level.
Cultural revolution is the only thing that will change the direction we are going in this world. The shift toward corruption is global, it is massive and it is happening at an alarming speed. The Christian Culture Center is looking for people who want to effect change in our culture in order to make it more godly for all. Join with us in our effort to effect cultural revolution in peaceful-only ways.