Unbroken by Culture

Christianity and Culture

There is a lot written today about multi-cultural and multi-ethnic churches.  Statistics show that by 2050 in the United States that Hispanics will be the majority and Caucasians will be the majority minority.  The question is how will the church change to be relevant to the multi-ethnic/ multi-culture world?  The one thing it cannot do is start from a particular cultures world view and then try to work in Christianity.  Multi-ethnic and multi-cultural churches are not the goal.  The goal is be the transformed church in an ever changing world.

The Two natures

God and Satan agree that there is only one race, and that is the human race.  God’s plan is for reconciliation back to him and Satan’s plan is keep as many as he can from going back to God.  The struggle is between two natures; the sinful nature and the nature lead by the Spirit.  This is the basis of a universal spiritual warfare that is ongoing until final judgement.  Paul describes the sinful nature this way “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath” (Eph. 2:1-3).  The sinful nature is made up of Satan, the world, and our disobedient self.  Paul describes the Spirit nature this way, “… because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2: 4-5). In other words, the alternative to the sinful nature is grace.

Sinful Nature

According to Paul the sinful nature consists of three things; Satan, the world, and self.  Satan is the one who brought sin into the world.  The story of Adam and Eve is the beginning place.  Sin is a result of Satan.  Sin is also the cause of division in the world at the tower of Babel in Genesis chapter eleven.  The sins of the individual have and will always be the same; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life.  The question is how does the sinful nature shape cultural and ethnic differences?  In the Garden, Satan did not just change the relationship that man and women had with God, he brought in a new worldview.  This worldview begins in sin and shapes people by the world.  Eventually, different cultures and divisions are shaped by the worldview planted by Satan in the Garden.  Today the worldview is individualistic.  Every person has an eclectic worldview that fits their own life.  The results of the sinful nature are:

Separation from God

A different Worldview

Ethnic Separation

Cultural Differences

Racism/Racist

 

The sad thing about Satan, the World, and Self, is that they are all dead; however, they will always be here until the end.

Grace

God’s solution to the sinful nature is Grace. His solution to Satan, the world, and self is Jesus Christ.  Jesus returns and reconciles the human race back to God.  God’s view of life and the world is restored and differences caused by sin no longer separate those who are in Christ.  There are three things that every human has in common; they are made in the image of God, they have all sinned, and they all need Jesus.  Grace provides reconciliation to God. It brings a biblical worldview and perspective. There is now an ethnic mission to go and make disciples of all people and unity in Christ is pursued over selfish desires.  Cultural transformation is taking place and racism is gradually replaced with Christ.