21st century Christianity became so focused on personal salvation that the details of Christian culture was neglected. Billy Graham understood this himself and tried to emphasize the importance of discipleship.
The story of Penicillin…
Pathogen: A real problem… Sterilize or Inoculate
(Matthew 13:1-9) What part of this story do we have the most control of?
The soil! This is what I’m calling culture. These are the things we can work with.
Cultural changes are slow. We often give up because it takes time and effort.
- General culture
- Popular Christian Culture
- My Local Church culture
How porous should the boundaries of these be?
Often the outer line turns out to be “Who am I?” And, “Who are we?”… questions of identity.
If there are no boundaries there is no culture. If you have no boundaries you don’t know who you are.
NOTES ON CULTURE:
- Identify core virtues/values of culture
- Danger… Blindness tends to occur if we don’t know what category we are in
Integration mode: Adapting to mainstream cultural practice
Defensive mode: Idealizing local culture and ignoring faults and even fatal flaws
Reactive mode: When I’m reacting to specifics ignoring strengths of core values
Failure to recognize the roots/Relationships between specifics and core values
Living Out Core Values:
I Cor. 6:12/I Cor. 10:23
- IS IT EXPEDIENT?
- DOES IT EDIFY?
- WILL IT ENSLAVE?