How can Christians conduct their lives in a way that brings honor and glory to God in a culture increasingly hostile to Jesus Christ and his teachings? Christians should listen to the words of the author Wendell Berry when seeking to answer this question. Becoming familiar with the mind of Berry that emerges from his varied work in fiction, nonfiction and poetry would equip Christians to better understand how to live in today’s culture.
In particular, Berry writes about three topics that Christians should seek to understand: love for the earth, love for work and love for community. Christians are oftentimes inoculated by beliefs our culture holds on these matters, which rob us of the fullness of life. Our culture believes the lies that the earth exists primarily for our benefit, work is a means to the ends of prosperity and comfort, and individualism, not community, is the chief good. Berry proclaims that life is much more full when we are connected to the care of the earth, when we see work as purpose-filled and life-giving, and when we remember, as Berry puts it, “the health of self-forgetfulness” and immerse ourselves in community.
Read more by Joel Pinckney at The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention