Culture Slaves: In Bondage to the Culture

Today while on the bus I was communing with the Lord regarding evangelism and discipleship; “where do you take new disciples for evangelism?”, “is it culturally accepted here to talk with strangers about deep subjects?”, “what size group would be best?”

Then the Spirit spoke a word to me and said “Don’t be put in bondage to the culture.”

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” ~Romans 12:2

When the world begins to shape the way the Church thinks about serving God it causes us to become slaves to the culture and stagnation shortly follows. The Church is called to do many things that go against the dictates of culture; we’re called to “love”, to be “a voice of truth”, to live “holy” (separate unto God) in ways that defy the culture. How can we love the poor as Christ calls us to when we allow “culture”- which has already relegated them into obscurity- to define how we act towards them? As children of God, how can we love our enemies if we conform ourselves to the culture of the world, which teaches us to defend against our enemies? Indeed, how can we love our brethren as Christ loved them if we listen to the culture which says to place “self” above others?

Cultural bondage may promise “effectiveness”, but it only delivers the fruits of compromise. Consider those fruits for a moment: is the truth silenced? Is love hot, cold, or lukewarm? Is the Church pure? Is the world converted through genuine repentance? Is grace perverted?

“Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” ~1 Peter 2:17

Perhaps our bondage to “culture” can be seen clearly in how we understand the first command of this passage. When we think about “honoring all people”, to who do we look to first to understand how we should go about this, to God or to culture?

If we look first to the dictates of culture for this we may honor people before people while dishonoring them before God. We must look to our Creator to understand how to honor His creation.

It bears repeating that when we allow the world to shape the way we think about serving God we become slaves to the culture and stagnation will follow shortly. This is one of the reasons why the Western Church is so dead, because she allowed cultural “do’s” and “don’ts” to quench her fire!

“Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path” ~Proverbs 3:5-6

May we trust in Jehovah with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding; let Him be the One we look to in all our ways that He may direct our paths! Amen!

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