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7 Contradictory Cultural Trends – And 7 Ways Christians Can Respond With Integrity
We need to be ready to listen to the concerns of people who seem to be living contradictory lives. Thankfully, this is something the scriptures have prepared us for.

4. We’re becoming more spiritual and more atheistic

The two fastest-rising religious groups in our culture are those claiming no religion and those claiming to be spiritual, but not religious.

We’re becoming a culture of the nominally atheistic and the generically spiritual. Sometimes the same person claims to be both.

We’re becoming a culture of the nominally atheistic and the generically spiritual. Sometimes the same person claims to be both.

This spiritual vacuum may actually be at the heart of the other contradictions. After all, if we can’t make up our minds about the ultimate questions of life, reality and eternity, how can we find a place to stand anywhere else?

5. We’re breaking from tradition and embracing heritage

New generations aren’t working, parenting, worshiping or shopping the way their parents or grandparents did.

But that doesn’t mean they want to disconnect from their roots. People are more interested than ever in exploring their ethnic heritage through tools like 23 and Me and Ancestry.com. Vinyl records, classic toys and vintage clothes are all making a comeback.

New generations want to build on the past, but don’t want to be tied down to it.

6. We’re becoming more digital and more analog

You know that group of kids that seems to be tied umbilically to their phones? They probably also spend a lot of downtime painting clay pots, making scrapbooks, or repurposing old furniture.

And they love the personal attention they get when they walk into the most tech-savvy places of all – the Apple store.

7. We’re becoming more empowered and more fatalistic

One of the underpinnings of populist hashtag movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and even #MAGA is the recognition that every person has agency. We’re our own people, and we deserve to make decisions for ourselves, whether the prevailing powers like it or not.

At the same time, conspiracy theorists are coming out of the woodwork to tell us that the entire game is fixed by invisible powers beyond our control.

We have autonomy and we’re all puppets to unseen powers? No wonder we’re more confused than ever.

7 Ways To Respond With Integrity

How can all these paradoxes exist at the same time and not drive us crazy?

Here’s some good news. God is neither surprised nor confused by our culture's contradictory trends.

And there is no better way to respond to these cultural shifts in a healthy, sane, redemptive way than by following the ancient wisdom of the teachings of Jesus (also known as the Christian faith.)

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