"We need to see culture as the opportunity, not the enemy. We fail if culture is always the enemy.
If you look at the first-century Greco-Roman world, you see it was a pluralistic culture not so different from our own. And what did Christianity do in the first-century world? It spread like wildfire! History tells us that biblical, incarnational, mission does very well in a context of pluralism and opposition.
Like missionaries in other cultures and countries, we must recognize and seek to understand the barriers to the gospel around us. These barriers prevent the people we love, and the people we meet, from hearing the message of the gospel."
Britt Merrick, Godspeed:Making Christ's Mission Your Own