The Priest & the Lions: staying true to God and relevant to the culture

In all of history, it has happened only once.  A life fully devoted to God while simultaneously, fully engaged with the world.  We call it the incarnation.  It is the life of Jesus Christ; fully God, yet fully human.  He was a Jew immersed in the culture of the first century world yet uncompromisingly holy.  He did not live a retreated life but a righteous one.  He did not live an isolated life but an influential one.  Jesus Christ balanced relevance and righteousness in a way no one ever had.  And He called his followers to do the same.  It is not an easy calling: to be in the world but not of it; to be distinct from the world but engaged with it; to be real and relevant and at the same time, revolutionary and transformational.