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Cultural Influences

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” – 1 Chronicles 12:32 (KJV)

What is interesting about this verse is that the tribe of Issachar could see what was going on in the world, in this particular context it was that David was taking power. Do we do this today? Do we see what is going on in the world?

In the world today, many of us just want to go about our own business and not be stressed by many of the things that are going on in the world and especially the scientific community because it requires us to think really hard on some subjects. This also stems from a common belief that faith does not require thinking.

Biblical authority is what is at the heart of everything happening in the world. Do we trust the secular scientists and politicians or do we allow God to tell us. Let make a few definitions:

  1. Biblical inerrancy: Is the bible accurate when it does speak on matters of science and when it does is it correct and trustworthy
  2. Biblical perspicuity: Is the bible clear and easy enough to be understood at face value.

The gospel message depends on things like the reality of Adam and Creation, and the fall in order for there to be redemption. If fossils are 100s of millions of years old then there was death of man before the fall. If death is not the consequence for sin then why do we need the resurrection? Christians are deciding to believe some of the Bible, a Bible a-la-cart theology.

More than anywhere else in the world, America has been blessed with more Christian ministries and education groups. Is our society getting better or worse? Is the church influencing culture or is Culture influencing the Church?

We see our culture through our experiences and it shapes our moral principles whether correct or not. We figuratively say to ourselves “My culture is right because we are so prosperous (one culture out of many), or freer, or smarter…etc.” In other words we say to ourselves “My culture has made me so prosperous that it must be the right/true culture.” These first principles, whether right or wrong, become the basis through which we interpret information, including the scriptures. But this scream to us: “WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE?”

So we Americans do this all the time with scripture and not realize it. Here are a few questions to examine through our cultural lens:

  1. Do I feel a sense of success if I die and nobody knows my name but more people have come to Christ? In a success obsessed culture such as ours, we place ourselves higher on the glory rendering platform then our Lord.
  2. Do I believe God wants me to succeed, or does God want more people to know Jesus? Your definition of success will be influenced by your cultural influences. God’s definition of success is probably much different than ours. Who do you think is right?
  3. Do we compartmentalize ourselves into different people? That is work is separate from family, separate from religious beliefs and social clubs. In the West, corporations train people that work is not family and family is not work so do not bring your personal problems to work. This teaches us have a dual personality and to even prioritize our life. I mean life! That business would come before living or health or family.

Our culture may influence how we answer these questions particularly on how we define success or how a person is valued in society. Today’s culture in the West shows that people are valued by their productivity instead of just their being. This has taught generations of children that they only have extrinsic value and not intrinsic value and why more people treat other people as tools for their personal success instead of as the image of God.

While the Bible tells Christians to be salt and light in a world of darkness (Matthew 5:13), what is actually happening is the opposite. Christians are becoming more like the world. Almost daily there are news stories of ministers being charged with sexually related crimes and even violence. Are we imitating the world or is the world imitating us?

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” – Psalm 11:3 (KJV)

Democrats, LGBT activists’ sinister plan to crack down on Christian schools | Fox News

If California Democrats have their way, Christian colleges and universities will no longer be allowed to require students attend chapel services or require them to profess a relationship with Jesus Christ.Senate Bill 1146 would close a loophole that lawmakers say allows Christian universities to discriminate against students based on their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

Source: Democrats, LGBT activists’ sinister plan to crack down on Christian schools | Fox News

Transgender Man Is Kicking Butt In Women’s Mixed Martial Arts

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, enter a transgender man who is kicking butt and taking names in women’s mixed martial arts competition.Yep, Fallon Fox, a male who underwent transgender surgery, is 5 and 1 in women’s MMA. He’s so tough that most women don’t last more than a round with him. Fallon even once broke a woman’s orbital bone with one punch!

 

Hondo residents rally to save iconic ‘God’s Country’ signs | KVUE.com

HONDO – There are some things you just don’t mess with in Texas. In Hondo, it’s iconic signs that have been challenging travelers for decades.

For about 80 years, the “God’s Country” signs beside Highway 90 have been greeting both east and westbound visitors, urging them to slow down and enjoy the scenery.

“Welcome,” they proclaim, “This is God’s Country please don’t drive through it like hell.”

But now, city leaders say the town’s most famous landmarks are being threatened.

Source: Hondo residents rally to save iconic ‘God’s Country’ signs | KVUE.com

Gay Rights Protester Blames Evangelicals for Orlando Shooting – Christian News Headlines

YEP, anything but Islam that actually caused the Orlando event!

A protester disrupted a press conference to blame evangelicals for the Orlando shooting that took the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others. According to SRNNews.com, the gay rights protester disrupted a press conference being held by leading evangelicals who had met with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York. The woman alleged that the evangelicals had made it possible for the Orlando shooting to occur because of their hatred toward gays. “Your hate is killing us,” she said. “Your lies are killing us. You all are responsible for the hateful environment that created the attack in Orlando.” Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, a group whose leaders had met with Trump, disagreed with the woman’s statement. Perkins said that “No American, regardless of your political ideology or your life choices, should be living under the threat of a terrorist attack on the streets of the United States of America.”

Source: Gay Rights Protester Blames Evangelicals for Orlando Shooting – Christian News Headlines

Sacramento Baptist Preacher Praises Orlando Gay Nightclub Attack « CBS Sacramento

This is an example of how the media really twists words through video editing. They did not put the context of his words in the video. See his full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1F7kNLjKXU

I do not agree with everything he teaches. This is only an example of the media demonizing Christians.

“Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” he said in the sermon. “Um no, I think that’s great! I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight.”

Source: Sacramento Baptist Preacher Praises Orlando Gay Nightclub Attack « CBS Sacramento

High School Cheerleader Charged with Assisting in Murder of Homeless Man

A California high school cheerleader has been charged in connection with the deadly beating and torture of a San Diego homeless man, PEOPLE confirms. Hailey Suder, 18, pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony counts of being an accessory after the fact, an official with the San Diego district attorney

Source: High School Cheerleader Charged with Assisting in Murder of Homeless Man

Terrorists infiltrate Jordan from Syria, kill six troops in bombing

A car bomb attack at the Jordanian-Syrian border on Tuesday killed six Jordanian guards and wounded 14 more, a Jordanian army source said.The explosives-laden vehicle exploded a few hundred meters from a camp for Syrian refugees in a desolate eastern area of the country where the borders of Iraq, Syria and Jordan meet, a Jordanian army statement said. A Jordanian official source said the attack was launched from the Syrian side of the border.

Source: Terrorists infiltrate Jordan from Syria, kill six troops in bombing