Sometimes it feels like the culture is against us. Scratch that. Most of the time it feels like the culture is anti-Christian, and increasingly Christians feel uncomfortable with what passes at right, wrong and trendy among the people that we live in. It seems like more and more often our beliefs are completely opposed to the beliefs that we see modeled around us. So, what are we to do? How are we to live? These are the very thoughts that are spoken and questions that are answered in Culture: Living as Citizens of Heaven on Earth–Collected Insights from A.W. Tozer.
A.W. Tozer was a Christian theologian, writer and pastor who lived in the first half of the twentieth century, and he wrote often about how following Christ is inviting trouble in the world, as well as how we should live as citizens of heaven. This book is a small sampling of 24 pieces of writing on what it means to be a Christian in a world that is largely uninterested in Christ. This book covers topics such as, truth, the meaning of the church, the veracity of Scripture, and how Christians should live in this world while maintaining their identities as citizens of another.
The book is short, only 164 pages, but it is very deep. I spent much of the time I was reading it underlining passages and thinking about the words that had been written. Especially helpful to me were such writings as walking the “spiritual-or-secular” tightrope, the sacrament of living and why the world cannot receive Jesus. Tozer also speaks sternly to the church on why we’re losing our impact on the world and what our churches should actually look like.
I found this to be an excellent collection of Tozer’s writing, and if you’ve never been exposed to Tozer’s writing, an excellent introduction to his work. It made me put some of the books that these excerpts were taken from on my “to-read” list, and I’m excited about the idea of spending more time in his writing soon.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.