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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Stop the Unraveling

By David Warn | September 2, 2020

Since March, our nation has experienced a dramatic unraveling that, among other things, has already expanded our national debt from 23.8 to 26.7 trillion dollars. No amount of money will repair our nation, but before sharing a vital step to reverse what is taking place before our eyes, let me summarize our recent journey, which has left many feeling overwhelmed, even afraid.   Whether or not COVID-19 fatalities have been exaggerated, few dispute that thousands of Americans have either died of the virus or have suffered greatly. Indeed, death has become a widespread fear within our culture. Further, an early “one-size fits all” lockdown solution was employed by almost every governor, keeping healthy low-risk people at home. At this time drug abuse, suicide, domestic violence, and anxiety increased dramatically. In the past month, as many as 1 in 4 despairing young adults have seriously contemplated suicide. These often-overlooked factors have further eroded our cultural stability and persist to this day.   Shortly after trying to assess the true dangers of the virus, our nation plunged into the worst race riots since Martin Luther King’s assassination. Contrary to Dr. King’s movement which was propelled by Christian values, these recent cries for racial justice have been led by the anti-Christian Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) and its radical wing, Antifa. Despite the Marxist ideologies of both organizations and its effect of promoting higher crime rates throughout our nation, BLM has been embraced by politicians in both parties and has received massive funding…

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The Illusion of Race

The Illusion of Race

By Timothy Zebell | August 19, 2020

Race is a relatively new idea. It emerged in the nineteenth century as the evidence for evolution began to accumulate. Prior to this time Europeans generally had believed that the book of Genesis furnished a historical account of man’s creation and the peopling of the world. Race was an exciting idea. Scientists thought it offered a key to human history, one that would explain why…

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What Is Intersectionality?

What Is Intersectionality?

By Timothy Zebell | August 5, 2020

The term “intersectionality” has become a cultural buzz word. Churches are embracing this concept, newscasters readily promote it, and political activists use it to empower their messages. Despite its popularity, there is perhaps no more inherently divisive ideology than that of intersectionality. As a facet of cultural Marxism—more popularly known as critical theory—intersectionality relies upon…

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Do the Emmy Awards Indicate We Are Drifting into Oblivion

Do the Emmy Awards Indicate We Are Drifting Into Oblivion?

By Timothy Zebell | July 30, 2020

On Tuesday, it was announced that FOX’s ‘Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez And Shakira’ picked up four Emmy Award nominations … Superbowl LIV now seems like a distant memory from another lifetime, but it is worth recalling that this halftime show was especially scandalous….

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How Are We Being Censored by Social Media

How Are We Being Censored by Social Media?

By Timothy Zebell | July 29, 2020

Yet another viral video of doctors challenging the status quo regarding COVID-19 has been censored. … Congress may be prohibited from limiting our freedom of speech, but the digital platforms necessary for communicating in the 21st Century certainly can. Several court cases have determined that…

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What Is Cultural Hegemony

What Is Cultural Hegemony?

By Timothy Zebell | July 27, 2020

Demands that we defund and abolish the police, the New York Times’ 1619 alternative history project, open calls for Marxism, Robin Diangelo’s book White Fragility, and a myriad of other seismic cultural shifts rely upon a concept sometimes called “cultural hegemony.” It is vital that as Christians we understand this concept….

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What Is Cultural Marxism

What Is Cultural Marxism?

By Timothy Zebell | July 22, 2020

America is reeling from Marxist ideology wrapped in terms such as “socialism,” “social justice,” “intersectionality,” “critical theory,” and “white privilege.” These are facets of cultural Marxism. So, what is cultural Marxism, and how does it differ from classical Marxism?

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For Such a Time as This: The Church's Next Great Battle

For Such a Time as This: The Church’s Next Great Battle

By Timothy Zebell | July 15, 2020

Some doctrines serve as a fulcrum within Christendom. What God’s people believe concerning these doctrines necessarily swings the entire thinking, mission, and approach of the church. It is as if the crux of the Christian faith and the effectiveness of the church rests upon these doctrines. … Today there is a prevailing ideology that is perhaps the greatest threat the Christian faith has yet faced because it threatens a bevy of fulcrum doctrines within Christendom….

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A Biblical Look at Black Lives Matter

A Biblical Look at Black Lives Matter

By Timothy Zebell | July 8, 2020

Black lives are just as valuable as the lives of any other human being who is created in the image of God. Because of this, black people deserve to be treated equally under the law and granted the same rights and protections as any other American citizen. When this is not realized in our country, Christians are called to weep with the black community (Rom. 12:15). Moreover, God’s people are told to seek justice (Psa. 82:3–4) and act justly (Micah 6:8) because God is a just God (Psa. 50:6) who loves justice (Isa. 61:8). God’s heart is for His people to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Prov. 31:8–9, NIV). Unfortunately, the simple truth that “black lives matter” has become confused in our modern context. It is now a politically charged statement whose dominant meaning is infused with the ideology of Cultural Marxism and critical race theory. Moreover, it is virtually indistinguishable from the political organization, Black Lives Matter (BLM). As such, Christians who are eager to live out these biblical principles may find themselves undermining their own faith and morality if they are not careful to distinguish their advocacy for black lives from support for the Black Lives Matter organization—an anti-Semitic and pro-abortion organization that champions Marxism, subverts God’s created order, marginalizes men, lauds sexual confusion, and seeks to subjugate generations of black children to…

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Should Christians Support Black Lives Matter, BLM

Should Christians Support Black Lives Matter?

By Timothy Zebell | July 1, 2020

Regardless of what one believes about BLM’s stance on racism in America, it is difficult to understand how a Christian could support an organization that is so openly anti-God and anti-Bible—unless God’s people are simply unaware of what the Black Lives Matter Network truly believes and represents. So, let us take a moment to educate ourselves on who BLM is and what they believe….

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Chaos – The New Normal That Must Be Replaced

By David Warn | June 24, 2020

Stunned, I sat listening to an African American brother in Christ explain that last weekend, near the area in Chicago where he grew up, 104 Blacks were shot—almost exclusively by other Blacks—and 14 died. As our conversation concluded, his remarks piqued my interest: “Where is Black Lives Matter now? Why are there no protests over these 14 deaths? Do Black lives only matter if whites kill them?” I departed reflecting on these questions, the turmoil present in so many of our nation’s cities today, and took some time to survey what we have seen so far in 2020.   The year began with President Trump’s impeachment dominating the news cycle. On the heels of his acquittal, Nancy Pelosi tore up his State of the Union Address on national television. By mid-March, America was in a State of National Emergency because of widespread sickness and mounting deaths due to the coronavirus. Within weeks the strongest U.S. economy on record was teetering with millions of Americans suddenly unemployed and in need of government assistance to pay the bills. Less than a month after the initial spike of COVID cases in the U.S., police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd on video, igniting race riots not seen in our nation since Martin Luther King’s assassination. Subsequently, America’s history was declared shameful resulting in the toppling and defacing of statues in dozens of cities.   Encountering one crisis after another over the last six months begs the question, “What is going on?” Why is…

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Something Must Change

Something Must Change

By Timothy Zebell | June 16, 2020

Where are we as a nation when a pagan is giving greater voice to truth than our Christian leaders? And how is it that she managed to stand more firm in her beliefs when she came under fire for her boldness than what I often witness in the Christian community? Perhaps it is time we…

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