From your author, Aaron Prill –
What does “Counter Culture” mean anyway? Am I against everything in culture and think we [Christians] should just crawl under a rock? Nah, not even close. Here I attempt to explain.
While a subculture is typically separate and many times hidden from sight, a counter culture is intended to represent an open and available alternative, one that’s on equal footing with what it is countering (ie, there’s nothing “sub” about it). To be counter culture simply means to live and approach things from a different perspective than what’s commonly championed by pop culture — and this blog attempts to do that from a Christian perspective.
However, to be counter culture is not about being “traditional” or “old-fashioned”, but rather “missional” (outward reaching). What pop culture idolizes and affirms, traditionalism typically fears or is hostile toward. Alternatively, the “mission” of a Christian counter culture is to exhibit justice, mercy, and humility with the issues of the day, and in the process find God-honoring common ground.
Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly…
In Micah 6:8, the God of this universe instructs us to “act justly” — or in other words — “see that justice is done” in all that we do. Furthermore, we are to “let mercy be our first concern” as we “walk humbly” with Him. So, in short, our instructions for life are to “seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly”. On Counter Culture, I strive to follow these simple commands as I share views from a Christian perspective on current events, entertainment, and life in general.
Political issues are addressed when necessary, but talking politics is not the central mission of this blog. Regardless of the issue, the perspective will be thoughtfully shared relying on Christian truths and principles.
While I try to prayerfully consider all viewpoints within the larger Christian Church when I write, a major purpose of this blog is to challenge head-on the attitude and tenor within our walls that pushes so many away from the faith. Therefore, I will typically ”let mercy be my first concern” in the views expressed here.
Beyond that, my heart is to reach readers with the hope of Christ — through sharing how the direction of my life was changed by Jesus – including past struggles, life-changing events, and the daily ups-and-downs of trying to lead a Christ-centered family.
Finally, some of the posts will simply discuss current outreach, faith-based community activities, and discipleship opportunities in Maine. If you have a topic, idea, event or activity that you feel may be a good fit for Counter Culture, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
May God alone be glorified.