Struggling with issues in our culture, life and society is not a bad thing. Everyone goes through these phases at different stages in our life. Things can be at odds with our personal ideals and values and can challenge our spirituality. You might even doubt your faith.
We might come to question and doubt ourselves because we wonder if what we value are right or wrong. I also have also doubted too. We can either become antagonistic toward culture and society and run closer to religion. Or we can become antagonistic toward religion and shift toward secular/popular culture, or even agnosticism/atheism.
We all wonder at times whether what we’re doing is right or the cool or uncool thing. We might feel, “Forget what the rest of the world thinks. I’ll do what I feel is right.” We try to fit in. Do things the easy way. Walk the wide road. At times, we lose a sense of who we are.
Sounds like it’s happened to you before? Our lives are not static but can be in flux, changing. We might still be getting to know who we are. Figuring out what’s right… and what fits my situation and circumstances.
God and our conscience might be telling us one thing; and the world might be telling us something completely opposite. Life can be confusing and society doesn’t always seem helpful. Pressures all around us. We don’t feel safe to give ourselves room, to ask, and reflect on whether what we practice makes sense to ourselves within our culture.
Jesus told his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17, ESV).
In the end, pray and ask God to give you grace. In Christ, God will absolve us from all our doubts, out wanderings, our hard-heartedness and rebellion. Let him be the captain of your soul and He will send you his Holy Spirit and his Word to comfort and counsel you.