Fighting the Culture wars – David Watts

Fighting the Culture wars – David Watts

Our glorious Triune God: Father, Son and Holy

Spirit, intrinsically ‘embodies’ qualities of

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Our God

is no solitary, lonely individual – as worshipped in

many Eastern religions and in Islam. Not surprisingly,

such a God has fashioned a world of dazzling

diversity, as the Psalmist exclaims: “How many are

your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all.

The earth is full of your creatures”. (Ps. 104: 24).

For human beings, the Bible sets out God’s

plans and purposes for human life,

individually and collectively. Part of this plan

is for the development of legitimate cultural

diversity, within the unity of

humankind, as people have

expanded numerically and

geographically across the earth. But

the Bible recounts how rebellion

against God has become embedded in

human culture, again as the Psalmist

questions: “Why do the nations conspire,

and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of

the earth rise up … against the LORD

and against his anointed [Jesus, the

true king]”. (Ps. 2: 1-2). Accordingly,

human cultures have developed a dark

underside as the consequences of human sin are

worked out in history.


Situated in the ‘western world’, our nation and culture

have received immeasurable blessings

from Christianity, underpinning our legal

system, the institution of marriage, care

for the weak and many other aspects we

have taken for granted. We have become

a ‘prodigal’ culture rejecting God in

defiant atheism, suppressing the truth,

embracing paganism and following

selfish idols of money, power, celebrity

and fashion.

Within our society, ‘culture wars’ rage

and abject folly is embraced, as Douglas

Murray details in The Madness of Crowds: Gender,

Race and Identity. Gender confusion – the ‘trans’

issue – is a prime example of explicit rebellion against

created biological reality. This is the real ‘conversion

therapy’, bringing profound harm to immature and

vulnerable young people.


What is the Christian’s

responsibility? Negatively, our

response cannot be weary

acceptance of retrograde

tendencies. We must be “wise

as serpents and innocent as

doves” (Matthew 10:16) in the

manner we fight; but fight

we must. We need

those who will analyse

and understand

philosophical and cultural trends. Wherever

possible, our response must be strategic,

thought-through and collective. There are

numerous opportunities for signing online

petitions, writing to the press and

cautiously using social media, as

suggested by organisations like The

Christian Institute. Such action might

sometimes receive a hostile reaction

but the Bible warns us to expect that

(1 Peter 4:4). In such times our

church leaders will need our

encouragement to maintain a clear

stance, something that is sadly lacking

at the top levels of the Anglican church in the UK at

the moment.


In many spheres of public life, Christian leadership is

lacking. It seems a minority of evangelical churches

actively encourage – in preaching – their

members to step forward when

leadership opportunities become

available in the workplace or community.

Consider The Parable of the Talents

(Matthew 25:14-30). We should be actively

training, mentoring and praying for

suitable sisters and brothers. The London

Institute for Contemporary Christianity

(LICC), founded by the late John Stott, is

excellent at facilitating these goals. In

every workplace, respect for the Christian

voice must be earned – through integrity,

kindness, consistency, honesty and all-round

excellence. This takes time and effort. But once it is

gained and maintained the outcomes are