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August 30, 2012

What Culture Is and What It’s Not

What Culture Is and What It’s Not

If we don’t understand it, we won’t know what to do with it. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

“Stay away from the world, or you’ll be corrupted.” “God wants to save souls, not culture.” “Why care about this world since it’s just going to be destroyed anyway?” These things we often say about culture sound Christian, but aren’t. They originate not from Christian spirituality, but Gnostic spirituality, an early heresy based on the idea that physical was bad and spiritual was good.

But Scripture teaches that when God created the world and put humans in it, both the world and humans were physical and spiritual. And God thought what He had made was very good. So, the problem isn’t our humanness, it’s our fallen-ness. Our sin has corrupted everything, but Christ came to make, in his words, "all things new."

This is the basis of our cultural responsibility. Christianity is about all life not just our souls. And that has huge implications for how we handle culture. Come to, to catch my new YouTube series on Christianity and Culture. For the Point, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Two-Minute Warning: Culture Series
Two-Minute Warning Archive | the Colson Center

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