Yesterday I wrote (ranted?) about what does it mean to “accommodate the prevailing culture” and Amber had a great reply:

“My problem is when we allow the culture to affect our faith. I see that a lot in the church. Unfortunately it is some of the worst of American culture that slips in – for instance the materialism, or operating the church as if it were a business (both very American ideas). The church should be affecting our culture, not the culture affecting our faith.”

Good thought, but at what point does culture start affecting the church? When does it start influencing our faith? And at what point does the church start affecting culture? How do we, as Christ Followers, know when we are affecting the culture or when culture is affecting us? I personally have had a hard time understanding the whole “being in the world but not of it” thought. Where does it start, where does it end? At one time (and in some cases even now) Christians weren’t suppose to go to movies, play cards, dance, drink, listen to any kind of music besides gospel, watch TV other than church services, etc. All of which Christians do today to some extent. Are we in the world and of the world? Well, yes, we are. But is that necessarily a bad thing? How does culture influence us? And how do we influence culture?

I’m still working through all of this. Any thoughts?

“We live within a unique culture, a culture with its own stories and references. If we separate completely from culture, we also separate ourselves from the mission of Christ, but if we connect too strongly with culture, we are in danger of becoming conformed to it. There is a balance – a balance that centers our hearts and minds on the mission of God within culture.”

by Brian Orme

2 Timothy 4:3 – 4
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. They will reject the truth and follow strange myths.

His peace be on you all.