Reclaiming the 7 Mountains of Culture

In the last half century, the American society has seen profound erosion in the moral fiber of our society. Here are some jaw-dropping facts on this tectonic shift we’re seeing in our culture today:

Since 1963,

  • Premarital sex increased 500 percent.
  • Unwed pregnancy was up 400 percent.
  • Sexually transmitted disease was up 200 percent.
  • Suicides were up 400 percent.
  • Violent crime was up 500 percent.

What we are witnessing today is a systemic decline of Christian influence in America in which many have been blinded by a confluence of secularization, pluralization, and post-modernism. Gabe Lyons, author of UnChristian perfectly describes America’s predicament: “America was practically Christian just a handful of years ago, but in the past several decades, our country ’s predominant self-perception have been challenged and replaced…So although many of us still feel like we reside in Christian America, that reality is dead.”

I cringe when I read this statement because this is the sad reality. America is witnessing a tipping point in our culture today, where truth is victimized in the name of tolerance.  

In light of this moral debacle, God is calling us to be His change agents. A primary duty of a change agent is to bring change to a problem entrenched in our society. For instance, Joseph solved a problem for his employer Pharaoh by providing a solution to a famine in the land, and in the process he became a prominent leader. Moses solved a problem for God and the Israelites by freeing his people from slavery. Paul solved a problem by bringing the gospel to the Gentiles.

What problems are you born to solve?

A good place to start is answering this question:  What is the one aspect of this broken world that, when you see it, touch it, get near it, you just can’t stand? Click here to find more about how you can discover this in my previous blog post.

As change agents, we are called to change culture. This starts by small acts of influence growing on a daily basis. Begin influencing yourself, then your circle of family and friends, then on an organizational and community level. You’ll son find yourself to be profound influencer. It’s important to be intentional about your level of influence.

Sociologist Randall Collins explains, “Civilizations have been defined by a very small percentage of cultural philosophers.” He makes a very interesting conclusion: “Even if we add the minor figures in all the networks, in all of the civilizations, the total is only 2,700. In sum, between 150 and 3,000 people (a tiny fraction of the roughly 23 billion people living between 600 B.C. and A.D. 1900) framed the major contours of all world civilizations.”

So, what does it take to be effective an effective change agent? It starts by recognizing your role in the seven mountains of culture.


What’s the 7 Mountains of Culture?

In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade and Loren Cunningham, founder of YWAM (Youth With a Mission) had lunch together where God gave these two change agents a similar message.  The message was to effect a kingdom impact or culture change in our nation, we would need to recognize and influence the seven mountains or spheres of culture. These seven mountains are:

  • Business
  • Government
  • Media
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Education
  • Family
  • Religion

Every one of us falls into one or more of these mountains of culture. Do we realize that it’s actually those who are at the top of the mountain shaping the culture of society wielding disproportionate influence? We call them mind molders.  Think about how Bill Gates or Warren Buffet is changing the landscape of the business mountain.  Or, Steven Spielberg in the arts and entertainment mountain, leading the trend of movie production and filming.

We must realize we are not at war with human beings or the flesh but rather forces of evil and principalities. Lance Wallnau says, “As Satan gains power over these mountains, he increases his capacity for ‘Mind Control.’ That’s the spiritual force that inclines whole people groups to think along the same pathway. It is the phenomenon that explains sudden trends in fashion or music. It works to turn whole continents against each other and will be used to facilitate global wars. Mind Control will increase as the Last Days speeds toward a conclusion.

We need more Christian leaders in these seven mountains of culture who are pioneering game-changers. That is why I am so passionate about enabling Christian influencers to fill the gap with the lack of Christian leaders at the top.  Imagine the sheer kingdom impact this will bring in our society?

Granted, everyone cannot be at the top of the mountain. God has given us with different set of talents, resources, and opportunities in life. As faithful stewards, our responsibility is to maximize what we have to discover our purpose and sow the seeds that benefit others.

Next Steps

Here are a number of recommended readings which will help you further define your role and impact in these seven mountains of culture. Happy Reading!

  1. Change Agent – Os Hillman
  2. Turn the World Upside Down – Lance Wallnau
  3. The Seven Mountain Prophecy – Johnny Enlow
  4. The Seven Mountain Mantle – Johnny Enlow

If you don’t enough time to invest in reading these books, download and read the following PowerPoints. It’ll give you a good overview on your role and strategies as a change agent. 

  1. Being a Culture Change Agent in the Season of Change – Os Hillman
  2. The Role of a Change Agent – Os Hillman
  3. God’s Process for Developing Transformational Leaders – Os Hillman
  4. Strategies to Reclaim Culture – Os Hillman

And, don’t forget to see this 5 minute  YouTube video that highlights the 7 Mountains of Culture concept and strategy.