You can read the first post: Culture Blog 1.0 here
There are really two kinds of cultures in our world a secular culture and a religious culture. A Secular culture is one that is godless, it is based on the world’s standards and idea’s: the American Pop-Culture is, in my opinion, a Secular Culture. Religious culture’s claim to be cultures based on God’s or a god’s ideals and values. As Christians we should be apart of neither culture. We should maintain our beliefs and faith, and practice the sacraments, and meet together, but we should not create a ‘Sub-culture’ out of our faith. We also should not full heartedly embrace the American culture. Doing either one of these is dangerous to our faith and us. Here is what I mean by that. If we focus solely on the ‘Christian Sub-culture’ we are in danger of loosing the continuation of our faith. My youth pastor once said that Christianity is only one generation away from dying. If we do not pass our faith on because we are bunkered in some ‘Christian Bubble’ we are killing off Christianity. However, if we focus fully on the pop-culture, even if we justify it as connecting with our culture to impact it, we will be affected, or maybe infected by it and that is the danger to ourselves. We need to balance ourselves. Jesus did not come to earth to create a culture he came to save us and redeem our world, which includes culture.
What we can really take from this is that we need to be immersed in the Bible and it’s teachings, so that we can interact with culture in a healthy way. The creation of a ‘Christian Sub-Culture’ is not something that the Bible tells us to do. This sub-culture is more of a hindrance to the spreading of the gospel than a help. I don’t want to discount the fact that Christian books and music are very helpful and encouraging to us, but they shouldn’t be, or even have to be separate.
Are you in a Christian Bubble? Or do you influence culture and how?