Counter Culture

I was reading Oswald Chambers yesterday and he wrote something that really hit the “truth” button in my soul:

“It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.”

In our culture of instant gratification and results, we spend all of our time praising the “smart” people, the “winners,” those who are on the podium and have all of the appearances of success.  Many are worthy of praise, but at the end of the day, by what definition are they successful?

Are they successful because of what they achieved?


Are they successful because of how they achieved it?

This concept is completely counter-culture.  In our “the ends justify the means” society, people continually make “deals” with themselves, others, and the devil, that are clearly morally wrong because it will allow them to get what they want or what others want, faster.

Our culture has also trapped itself.  It is no longer acceptable or politically correct to allow God to be part of the discussion in public debate.  After all, how can you ask people to make “moral” decisions based on “moral law” unless there is a “moral law giver”?  So down the road we go.  The news is filled with scandal about back room political deals and financial corruption because the “the end justifies the means.”

Yet there is great hope in this simple concept.  Are you here to please God, or to please man?  It matters not where you start in life, either as a citizen of a third world country with little opportunity or as someone who is extremely blessed to be born in a country like America.  As far as God is concerned, it is not what you achieve, but how you achieve, that matters.

Next time you have to make a tough choice, or even a simple one like “how hard am I going to work today,”  just remember:

“It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.”

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7 Comments on “Counter Culture”

  1. Thank you so much Tom-We need an idea revolution and this is a beginning. As you know from Twitter, I believe we need to revolutionize our nation and it begins by bringing back an appropriate, value centered public education system. My book-Fallacy or Truth:The State of American Education Today-can help us move in that direction…we all should read Defeating the Totalitarian Lie-an awakening call to the US about where we could be just like Nazi Germany from the perspective of someone facaded by the lies of the Nazi regime.

    I believe we must stand up to truth and bring a change in our country and no longer sit back with our “Who cares-not my problem” attitude.

  2. Ron Says:

    Tom, Well said! It’s always the journey to the achievement that is the interesting. You stand on top of the mountain for a brief moment, but remember each and every step of the journey.

  3. Tom:
    This is a great blog post. It is about the journey isn’t it? I feel like I have lived on both sides of your argument and can point specifically to the times where it carried me away from my spiritual walk. And when that happened, the outcome was always bad, even sad sometimes. Thanks for this reminder, I enjoyed it tremendously.


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  6. “When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to stop and reconsider” – Mark Twain

    Although I don’t agree with Mr. Twain all the time – he was dead on with this one as are you. So often we align ourselves with the popular and sell out to the “easy road”. Thank you for the reminder to seek out the bigger picture and the what will bring glory to God – that is the only measure of true success.

  7. Brad Says:

    Let us also not forgot the quote “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

    Often we believe we are embarking on a glorifying journey to help mankind. We believe we are following ‘good’ in the name of ‘God’. We beleive we are seeing the bigger picture and that we are on the moral high road.

    It is only near (or at) the end do we realize our folly and if we are lucky we get the chance to start all over again.

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