This Is Our Time by Trevin Wax is a very relevant resource to dive into for today’s Christian. We live in a very noisy generation. The noisiest this world has ever seen. Our days are constantly being filled and bombarded with noise, opinion, and political correctness by the second. Sometimes, without even realizing it, these everyday myths and noise that we encounter can begin to shape what we think about and how we apply the Gospel.
Wax does not hold anything back and may step on your toes a bit as he begins to unfold the everyday myths we encounter day in and day out. Do you feel like our culture is changing so rapidly that you simply cannot keep up? Finding yourself questioning how to respond to things being said about your beliefs? Unfortunately, it is hard to stay on top of what is true and what is a myth anymore. We become so absorbed in our culture that we often give in and go with the flow because it is the easiest thing to do.
However, as believers and disciples of Christ, we are called to be salt and light in a lost and dying world.
In the first half of this book Wax looks at the habits that impact us day to day. The second half examines the larger myths that saturate our culture such as politics, marriage, and sexuality. He begins the book with a chapter specifically dedicated to smart phones, social media, and social identities (chapter 1). Wax makes it very clear that God “sees what you’d never want the world to know through social media and He loves you anyway.” He weighs the heart and sees our true identity, not just the mask we put on through our social media platforms. He goes on to provide the reader with tips on how to use social media and our smart phones for God’s glory and a place of ministry.
Another dangerous practice Wax discusses is how we replace spiritual knowledge with material things and consumerism. He goes on to talk about the culture displayed in the entertainment outlets such as music, movies, and TV shows. As Christians, we can enjoy these things as long as we are careful to filter them through the lens of the Gospel. We must guard our hearts, eyes, and ears. Entertainment should not have a greater impact on you or influence your worldview, Scripture and your local church should. Before you turn on the noise of this world, you must first immerse yourself in the Word of God.
I highly recommend this book to any and everybody. We must not retreat into our churches and homes and ignore what culture is saying. We must simply educate ourselves and be properly informed. We must fight for the Scripture to saturate a world that so desperately needs to encounter the Truth. So, turn down the noise of this world and fight these myths!