It is when we believe spiritual lies and false arguments that a demonic stronghold is established in our lives, and ultimately in our culture (2 Cor. 10:3–5). As Christians, we are called to challenge these ideas. They may manifest themselves in the form of political causes, lifestyle choices, attitudes, and trends, but at their core is a spiritual lie. However, before we can engage cultural ideas and the spiritual lies that undergird them, we must be informed.

Culture in Focus applies God’s Word to today’s headlines to expose spiritual lies and equip Christians to have meaningful conversations. These researched articles are designed to inform Christians about what is transpiring in our culture and why it matters to God. It could be that many of our national troubles are God’s response to our culture.

Does God Hate the New York Times

Does God “Hate” the New York Times?

By Timothy Zebell | March 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

“There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers” (Prov. 6:16–19). Our politically correct Christian culture tends to shy away from strong words like “hate” and “abomination”…

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Are Christians Fiddling While Society Burns?

Are Christians Fiddling While Society Burns?

By Timothy Zebell | March 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

How is it that when we gather together as Christians, we can consistently ignore everything in the weekly news cycle; we can neglect the actions of our politicians; we can gloss over the personal struggles represented in our congregations; we can refuse to respond to the worldview bombarding our children on a daily basis in their schools; and yet we somehow can convince ourselves that we are relevant and influential voices in our culture and society?

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2020: A Year of Deception

By David Warn | November 18, 2020

  “And the angel threw him [Satan] into the abyss and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer.” Revelation 20:3   Revelation 20 teaches that Satan not only attempts to deceive you and I individually, but that he schemes to deceive entire nations. Due to COVID-19 and what was revealed through the November 3rd election, I believe that many of us will remember 2020 as the year that unprecedented deception came upon our nation.   COVID’s Contribution   In October pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church were put under a “thorough investigation” by the Los Angeles Public Health Department. What was the impetus for such extreme measures? Three of the 7,000 church members at Grace Community had tested positive for COVID-19. That’s not a typo. A total of three people tested positive, and public health officials, following their policy manual replete with further guidelines and restrictions, were compelled to investigate the situation for weeks, even though there were no new cases, zero hospitalizations, and zero deaths.[1]   In response to this government overreach, attorney Jenna Ellis explained, “It has never been the church’s position that it is only safe to hold services if no one ever tests positive, or for example, if no one ever gets the flu during flu season. Our position has been that LA County shutting down churches indefinitely amid a virus with a 99.98% survival rate . . . is unconstitutional and harmful to the…

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What Should Christians Do in This Contested Election?

What Should Christians Do in This Contested Election?

By Timothy Zebell | November 11, 2020

Pastor Gary Hamrick warned in the days preceding the 2020 election that the devil is prowling around looking for a nation to devour. Indeed, our elections are a pivotal battlefield in our spiritual war. It is through our election process that we…

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Why Contesting This Election Should Matter to Every Christian

Why Contesting This Election Should Matter to Every Christian

By Timothy Zebell | November 9, 2020

Granted, the media has all but coronated Joe Biden, but with 80 electoral college votes across seven states in dispute, neither candidate is close to crossing the 270 vote threshold. As the vote stands today, President Trump is slightly leading with 232 votes to Joe Biden’s 226 votes. … Our news media may have little interest in charges of election fraud, but God cares deeply about the integrity of the vote. According to Proverbs 20:23…

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The Election Message Pastors Are Reluctant to Share

The Election Message Pastors Are Reluctant to Share

By Timothy Zebell | October 30, 2020

The contrast between the two party platforms represented in Tuesday’s election and their vision for America cannot be more stark. These are not two paths to the same ultimate goal for America. Instead, they are diverging paths that lead to entirely different futures with entirely different conclusions on moral issues. America stands at a crossroad of decision, and God expects His people to engage in upholding truth and preserving what remains of our Christian heritage….

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Before You Vote

By Timothy Zebell | October 28, 2020

The policies and moral values on the ballot this Tuesday are the very things that mobilize God to either bless or judge nations. This Tuesday, we have the opportunity to participate in determining the course of our country. Perhaps our choices are not as ideal as we may prefer, but the contrast between the two visions for America could not be more stark. For those still struggling to know how best to vote in alignment with our faith, perhaps these articles and videos will be helpful as you…

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What Gethsemane Teaches Us about the Election

What Gethsemane Teaches Us about the Election

By Timothy Zebell | October 21, 2020

Faced with the greatest decision of all time, Jesus fell to His knees in the Garden of Gethsemane and asked that His disciples likewise pray. Unfortunately, Jesus’ disciples did not feel the weight of the moment. Instead, they drifted into slumber—twice. Today the fate of humanity may not rest in the balance, but the fate of our nation very well may. We are 13 days from…

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November 3rd - Trump vs Biden or Something Bigger

November 3rd—Trump vs. Biden, or Something Bigger?

By Timothy Zebell | October 7, 2020

For many the first presidential debate of 2020 highlighted a question with which they’ve long struggled: How could anyone support and vote for such a foul-mouthed, mean-spirited, bully who has seemingly single-handedly destroyed civil public discourse in America? … Like it or not, one of two people will be president come January 20, 2021. … Yet, as contentious as these two candidates have proven to be with each other, something bigger is at play…

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Our Hope Does Not Rest in the Balance of the Supreme Court

Our Hope Does Not Rest in the Balance of the Supreme Court

By Timothy Zebell | September 30, 2020

If we are not actively seeking to bring godly understanding and transformation to the hearts and minds of those around us, then it matters very little who is appointed to the Supreme Court. What difference does it make if the Court protects an environment that is conducive to sharing the gospel if God’s people refuse to share that gospel? Before we jump into a blood-battle over who should fill Justice Ginsburg’s vacancy…

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It’s Go-Time for Prayer Warriors

By David Warn | September 23, 2020

Little did I know what was about to unfold when I urgently called us to prayer for the month of September in my last blog. … We need prayer now more than ever. Whether it’s sharing the gospel, praying for the next Supreme Court justice, speaking the truth about BLM and COVID-19, or crying out to God day and night for mercy for our nation, it is go-time for Christian prayer warriors in America….

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Justice Ginsburg Now Stands before the Ultimate Judge

Justice Ginsburg Now Stands before the Ultimate Judge

By Timothy Zebell | September 21, 2020

If 2020 has taught us anything, it ought to be how fragile life truly is and that, as James 3:13–15 cautions us, we should never take tomorrow for granted. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed from this life on Friday due to metastasized cancer. While the temptation is strong to immediately begin the political calculations…

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What Is Whiteness and Ethnocentrism?

What Are Whiteness and Ethnocentrism?

By Timothy Zebell | September 16, 2020

Our society is rife with examples of conflict between communities … Sometimes communities deliberately make others feel unwanted, but often these social cues are relayed subconsciously. … Recently this idea has become an important part of our national conversation on racial issues….

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Not Your Parents' Racism

Not Your Parents’ Racism

By Timothy Zebell | September 9, 2020

Historically, racism has been defined as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” This is no longer the definition undergirding our modern conversations about racial issues. Instead, modern academics have…

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