Trending Faith: Ethical Guidelines

Posted on October 20, 2015  in  [ Theology & Ministry ]

“Should Christians hold Non-Christians to the same ethical guidelines?”

This hard-hitting question was answered by Dean of the College of Theology Jason Hiles, PhD, and Grand Canyon University Campus Pastor and Dean of Students Tim Griffin on this week’s Trending Faith.

Pastor Tim bluntly responded, “No,” but then continued to share his convictions of why this is so. Christians find their ethical standards within Scripture, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that others see the world the same way.

He commented that we need to respect people who see the world differently and live among them. He also acknowledged how Christians are getting frustrated by accepting this because we are so committed to what we believe to be true.

This shift that a lot of Christians are feeling in modern American culture has been attributed to the years of comfort and acceptance that has preceded our generation. Pastor Tim urged us to go back to Scripture and find how Jesus lived in a culture that didn’t believe what He did. We can use the teachings and ways of Jesus to guide the way we react in a changing world.

Dr. Hiles asked us to turn to Scripture to look at how to approach people of other cultures who are not Christians and how to reach them with the truth in the Gospel. He brought in the example of Paul in Acts 17, speaking into the culture with things that they would know and things they would understand.

Hear more of the conversation by watching the full video:

Hear more by checking out the latest episodes of Trending Faith. Have a question for Dr. Hiles and Pastor Tim? Send your questions to trendingfaith@gcu.edu or use #trendingfaith.

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Living Faith is a Christian blog that interacts with a variety of biblical, theological and practical topics written by Grand Canyon University's College of Theology faculty and specially invited guests of the college. Our content provides practical and biblical advice from a Christian worldview for living our faith in the midst of an increasingly secularized world. In addition, our content wrestles with cultural topics and issues that challenge how we live out our faith as believers. For this reason, contributors to our Christian blog strive to write with compassion and apologetic concern to honor Christ and edify the church in every way possible.


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