Godly Wisdom in a ‘Woke’ Culture: Bearing Fruit for Christ

Jun 14, 2024 | Faith

In today’s ‘woke’ culture, Christians must abide in Christ, reflecting His truth through genuine, godly actions, resisting societal pressures to glorify God faithfully amidst division.

In the current cultural context, which is defined by the rise of extreme ‘woke’ beliefs, Christians are asked to navigate these hard times by bearing fruit for God at the same time. On numerous occasions, Jesus employed the metaphor of bearing fruit to convey the idea of leading a holy life and performing acts of goodness that bring glory to God. By studying the Bible, we can gain an understanding of how to fulfill this duty in spite of the constraints that are currently being exerted by society.

Becoming a follower of Christ is the cornerstone of producing fruit.

As the basis for producing fruit, Jesus places a strong emphasis on the need of maintaining a close and consistent relationship with Him. What He says may be found in John 15:1-8: “I am the vine, and you are the branches.” Everyone who abides in Me and I in him will produce a great deal of fruit. In light of this, it is clear that a genuine and personal relationship with Christ is necessary in order to bear fruit that is godly. If this relationship does not exist, then any attempt to live a righteous life will eventually be worthless.

Actions that are visible to others Contemplate the inner spiritual state of being

In Matthew 7:16-20, Jesus says, “By their fruits you will know them,” underlining the fact that a person’s actions indicate the inner spiritual situation that they are in. A heart that has been transformed by Christ is exemplified by good fruit, which consists of actions and behaviors that are in accordance with the will of God. This is especially important in this day and age, when both acts and ideals are subject to increased scrutiny. Those who follow Christ are obligated to demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). They are to serve as guiding lights of Christ’s love and truth in a world that is becoming increasingly divided.

God’s Glory Being Exhibited Through Doing Good

The following is a further explanation that Jesus provides in John 15:8: “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so that you will be My disciples.” What it means to bear fruit is not only a matter of personal devotion; rather, it is about bringing glory to God through our life. When living in a society that frequently encourages self-glorification and virtue signaling, Christians are expected to place their attention on sincere, humble service that draws attention to God. There should be no need to adapt to the pressures of society in order to perform good acts, such as those described in Colossians 1:10; rather, these good works should originate from a true heart and a desire to serve God.

Putting Good and Bad Fruit in Contrast with One Another

According to Matthew 7:19 and John 15:2,6, Jesus compares and contrasts the act of bearing good fruit with the act of being unfruitful or bearing bad fruit, comparing the latter with wickedness and disobedience. This divergence becomes extremely important when considered in the context of radical ‘woke’ism. The broader ‘woke’ agenda frequently deviates into contentious and unscriptural area, despite the fact that certain components of social justice are in agreement with biblical values, such as providing assistance to those who are marginalized and oppressed. Christians have a responsibility to discern and match their actions with the truth that is found in the Bible. They must reject the temptation to adapt to cultural ideas that are in opposition to the word of God.

The application of Godly Wisdom in the Face of Awakening

Several difficulties are presented by the proliferation of ‘woke’ beliefs. Many conservatives view ‘wokeness’ as an extreme type of identity politics that serves to divide rather than to unite, that promotes a reactionary ideology of the left, and that infiltrates firms through the practice of “woke capitalism.” There are also divides within the left, with some people viewing ‘wokeness’ as a perversion of the original identity politics movement, which was more focused on perceived slights than on systematic injustices.

Within this intricate environment, Christians are obligated to respond with the knowledge that comes from God. That is to say:

1. Placing an Emphasis on Unity in Christ Instead of allowing societal divisions to permeate the church, Christians should place an emphasis on their unity in Christ, fostering love and understanding among people of varying backgrounds and points of view.

2. The Pursuit of True Justice Although there are components of ‘wokeness’ that advocate for justice, Christians should make sure that their pursuit of justice is in accordance with the ideals found in the Bible. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary to address actual inequities without falling into the pitfalls of rhetorical polarization or superficial activity.

3. Keeping a Christ-centered identity: In a culture that is fascinated with identity politics, Christians need to keep in mind that their fundamental identity is found in Christ. This fundamental truth ought to serve as a compass for all behaviors and attitudes, ensuring that they are reflective of the love and truth that Christ embodies.

Final Thoughts

It is necessary to have a solid commitment to Christ, a spirit of discernment, and a heart that is dedicated to glorifying God via genuine good acts in order to bear fruit for God in this age of radical ‘woke’ism. In order to navigate these difficult times and shine as lights in a world that is divided, Christians can do so by remaining steadfast in the truth of the Bible, exhibiting godly character, and remaining steadfast in their faith in Christ. According to what Jesus said in John 15:8, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” Therefore, let us make it our goal to produce fruit that brings glory to God and serves to attract people to Him.

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