Thursday, January 27, 2011

God in Culture...

God is in culture. It's the tool that He's chosen to communicate Himself by. What's crazy is that
God, is a-cultural (unless you consider HOLY His culture). That's not the crazy part. The fact that
He is absent of culture and yet crosses all cultural lines and is able to relate culturally
appropriate and relative is what's incredible!

He is above culture and yet chooses to work through it. Makes one wonder on the value of
studying one's surrounding when it comes to effectiveness in out reach and service to others of
a different culture; whether it be a ethnic, social, spiritual, different age or class. God can
perfectly relate to everyone, at anytime, and in any place.

There is great value in diversity. I think that's simple to praise and difficult to embrace; for some
impossible. That may be why we're so far behind and slipping by the day, hour, and moment.
Cultural relevance is critical unless we withdraw from the culture altogether - it happens. Xn
school, Xn college, Xn job, Xn fast food, etc. One could literally live among a culture and yet be
absent to it.

This is true not only in spiritual terms but in social ones as well. Consider a foreigner moving to
a new city with new rules, customs, and people. One could easily navigate and make contact
with culture only when necessary and then withdraw just as easily. It happens, we all know that

Let's not forsake what is. Let's see how God is operating among the broken and see what He's teaching us
on how to love people where they are. Not embrace the sin of the culture, embrace the sinner that Christ
died for. We don't change people, God does. God and His culture of Holiness does.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Thoughts on culture, anthropology, and other stuff...

So I'm in the middle of finishing my masters; over the next few months, some excerpts will be from some of my working thesis...enjoy!


Often times, culture and ethnicity are commonly mistaken for being the same thing. However, culture does not equal ethnicity. Culture crosses all lines of race, class, socio economics, and even ethnicities.

Because all aspects of life evidence culture, one’s culture is a learned process of incorporative behaviors, languages, responses, and beliefs (enculturation).

Learned culture will begin to lead to the most effective forms of communicating, thus creating clearer opportunities for the gospel to be shared. However significant enculturation may be, it’s critical to maintain that biblical culture will always supplant any and all cultural ethics. Often times, this will lead to problems, especially when biblical culture is in direct opposition to the culture being engaged by the missionary/church planter.