We live in a post modern world where being for or against anything is labeled “wrong”, “judgmental”, “hateful”, and “closed minded”. But as Christians we are called to engage our culture through the lens of our Christian worldview which will ALWAYS clash with the world’s. This is why having a biblical understanding of cultural engagement is so necessary. Below are some points our teacher made on Sunday. These points help us see what our Kingdom work then consists of especially when we realize that the gospel transcends culture and is the only thing that changes hearts. Gospel transformation comes before social, cultural, or physical transformation. So how are we to think?
1. God created the world good (Gen. 1:31). This means that the existence of the physical world glorifies God.
2. Part of God’s initial charge to humanity was to create and cultivate culture (Gen. 1:26 – 28; Gen. 2:15).
3. Because culture is an expression of human thoughts and desires, no human culture is exempt from the effects of sin (Gen 6:5; 8:21).
4. Therefore, all cultures are corrupted by sin.
5. Christians are responsible for how we consume culture (Phil. 4:8).
6. There are some expressions of culture that Christians must abstain and separate from. (I John 2:15 – 17).
7. There are some expressions of culture that Christians should critique and engage intellectually (Acts 17:28).
8. Because cultural items communicate worldviews, Christians must exercise relentless discernment (I Thess. 5:21).
9. The gospel relativizes all cultural distinctions that otherwise separate people (Gal. 3:28).
10. Unlike those who hope in man’s ability to transform this world, Christians understand that only God’s radical, re-creative act
on the last day will finally transform this world (Rev. 21:5 – 22:1).
11. Because we are commanded to make the most of our time (Eph. 5:15 – 16), Christians must be wary of becoming infatuated
with this- worldly things and must devote ourselves to those things that have eternal import.
In the end, we don’t hid from culture or embrace it without thinking. We apply these biblical truths to every facet of our lives and the world around us. Jesus is FOR culture, He was A PART of a culture, and He-being the good news (gospel)- brought cultural transformation through regenerated hearts. As imitators of Christ, we are to do likewise.