Cultural Craziness

These things I learned this week:

  1. That, in the culture, individualism can be good, as long as I don’t make an idol of me.
  2. Again, culturally speaking, community is desired, but don’t make an idol of them.
  3. Who-a-person-is, subjectively, is discovered by them in receiving an objective identity, not by gazing within.
  4. The culture seeks to produce many identities from without the self.
  5. Next, diversity of attributes is to be celebrated; but to be realized only in the service of others, not to build a private reputation.
  6. Finally, an identity will reproduce itself.

Webster’s from the year 1828 defines “culture” this way: The act of tilling and preparing the earth for crops; cultivation; the application of labor or other means of improvement. 2. … to improve good qualities in, or growth; as the culture of the mind; the culture of virtue. 3. … producing 4. Any labor or means employed for improvement, correction or growth.

Note the word “improvement.” — Obviously for all.

So what?

Well, within a culture, which describes a commonality, we can still have individuality; this presupposes a free society. In any culture things can be introduced that influence others in that society, however. John Ashcroft said, “ …there are two ways in which culture shapes behavior – through stigma on the one hand, and affirmation on the other.”

However, these are undermined when the Divine right and wrong are disallowed.

When this happens, people who believe in God, become limited in their influence — and sadly, limited in their ability to live for their community in a way that improves it.

This demise or ostracizing of some people can happen when other men take up idolatrous practices. These men can’t see past their own narrow vision. Since God-thinkers are not included in their scheme, they become expendable.

When ideologists are in leadership positions, we got problems.

Granted,, obsessive polices may include ways and means which are done immaturely by sincere individuals. Other times they are bathed in philosophical/egotistical mindsets. Some folks vie for the opposite of you in every policy; you are the off-scouring, the non-vital, the insignificant. Freedom for all suffers by them; not to mention much needed remedies failing out of neglect.
Lets shift gears, where do emotionally pained folk go when healers are banned? Where do the abused, self-medicated, empty, depressed and hopeless turn? Well in some philosophies men are labeled “resilient” in another they are written-off as “losers.” Psychology offers a band aid and philosophy a perspective.

When your emotional guts are hanging out, tell me which, band aid or story, will work best for you?

The god of this world blinds the minds of men lest they should receive the glorious gospel. Beloved, the shunning of a Bible based guide allows false liberty to gain momentum. This world’s god hates our God and His Son Jesus Christ. Yes, the compassionate, loving, redeeming, rescuing, Savior and Friend is the object of cultural resentment. On a cross He went, to rise again. His resurrected self is the brunt of contemporary attack.

“Let’s kill Him again, and again, and again,” comes from behind the scenes of deceived men and women. “An affirmation or a stigma we do not want, our god lets us do anything we please.”

Let’s finish (shudder). What can we do? Tim Keller said this in a nutshell; we must learn to return, ourselves, bounce back, to joy, again and again. We must learn to encourage ourselves, 7 times in a day. We must do whatever it takes to continue in faith-rest, and keep going. Second we must learn to suffer well. We must love the Word, and not be offended. Courage from God’s throne of grace is a must. Third, we must build a theology on The Cross of Calvary and settle for nothing less.

In summary we Christains have not an easy road ahead. But, as the song goes, “Take heart my friend, the Lord is with us, and when our burdens become too great; we will hold up and help one another, with God’s love, with God’s grace. Stay in your sub-culture of Love and Safety, find the hurting, and act again: Love and compassion. They need us. Love ya

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