Are Christians the new counterculture?

Back in the 1960s it was fashionable to imagine that young people had created a new way to live and think, a “Counterculture” to the majority “Establishment.” Sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll, and antiwar protests were badges of belonging. Radicals urged people to kick down “Victorian” and “Puritanical” restraints on their freedoms and behaviors. They won.

The irony is that those views are now in the majority. Homosexuality is now not only legitimized; gay marriage is legal in many states. Cohabitation and single parenthood are the new normal. Divorce is much easier to obtain now than it was in 1960.

Biblical Christianity is the new counterculture. We are becoming an underground resistance, because we worship a King bigger than fashion, follow moral principles that are timeless not trendy, and still believe in sin and redemption. The way St. Paul described living as a Christian in the pagan Roman Empire sounds so right now: “I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts” (Ephesians 4:17,18).

Can you stand being in the minority? Whose approval do you crave? What do you value most? Whom do you most admire? Whom do you most wish to imitate? What is the mission of your life?

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.


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