Gospel and Culture
I heard it said recently, that to see our own cultural issues and take them into account when we are communicating the gospel cross-culturally is like trying to push a bus we are travelling on. It is hard work.
The apostle Paul certainly thought that cultural sins should be addressed as a matter of godliness.
One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith Titus 1:12-13
However the same apostle doesn’t require people from different cultural and religious backgrounds to become like us before they can follow Jesus.
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 1 Corinthians 9:22
As those in our church fringes decrease in number (Newcomers down from 12%-9% - NCLS), we need more people who are willing to be missionaries to the many (90%) who are culturally different from us.
Perhaps we should be praying that God would put one person not from our culture (distant Anglo or new migrant) in our path each day.
A DVD/MP3 of our conference held in July, reaching 'The Other 90%' and exploring new ways of evangelising our city, is available from our office.
For advice about cross cultural ministry, church planting or if you are after a speaker for your evangelistic event, please contact us.
- Bruce Hall
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