In this audio talk, Paul Tripp argues that western culture is changing in fundamental ways right before our eyes. He addresses the question: Why is there such a cultural focus on the physical? (The cult of youth (an animosity toward old age); Overwhelming affluence; The cult of leisure; Focus on the moment (not thinking of eternity); The rise of cosmetic technology; The rise of visual media; The death of the inner man (Western culture has lost its heart) – the essence of a ‘true you’ is not your physical self, but your heart).
The identity wars touch all of us – powerful influences shape and change the very sense of identity we carry around. Why does the physical tend to replace the spiritual? The problem lies in our spiritual self, we cannot address it through physical means; it requires a rebuilding not of our body, but of our heart. Only the diagnostic and the cure of the gospel can save us.
Key Scriptures: Romans 1:18-23; 2 Corinthians 4-5