counter-cultural faith

Culture Making or Being Made by Culture

Maybe it is not a paradox, nor even a mystery. But it is quite a challenge - this thing called culture.

In the Bible, the idea is that we are IN the world but we are not OF the world. We live in the world, but the world is not to live inside us. We dwell in the world as sojourners and travellers. We love the world, but we love the world in the way that God loves the world. We value the world, but we don't cling to it. 

Thomas Carlyle on Walking Against the Tide

Today and tomorrow - just two more from Carlyle. I hope you have been moved by this insightful author, as I am. Today's thought is one that describes the essence of being a follower of Christ. First, here is Carlyle and then I'll have a thought to add.

Thomas Carlyle quote On the choice of books  world obstructing you

That is the Christian journey. In the world but not of the world. The Book of Hebrews describes us as sojourners who are looking for a "better city." We are nomads making our way through this world that is out of sync (okay - full rebellion against) the kingdom of God. We are citizen-ambassadors of the Other Kingdom. We are Followers of the WAY. The Way is narrow, hard, difficult and only a few follow it. The Cultural Highway is broad, wide, busy and is life in the fast lane.

Our Culturally Minimized Jesus

 

We have just come through one of the Decisive Rhythms of the Church Calendar - the events of the Holy Week. The time when we see Christ as the crucified and risen Lord.

I finished reading Mark Sayer's, The Road Trip That Changed the World. Here is a lengtty (and outstanding) assessment of how the culture and church culture as well see Jesus (pp. 202).

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