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Christ The Transformer Of Culture
Transcript of Christ The Transformer Of Culture
Of Culture Main Points Acknowledges the influence of culture and the authority of Christ. What's different about this paradigm? It offers a hopeful view of culture. "What distinguishes conversionists from dualists is their more positive and hopeful attitude toward culture." (Niebuhr 192) Affirming the positive aspects of culture: "A truly indigenous theology must not only affirm the positive values of the culture in which it is being formulated, but it must also challenge those aspects which express the demonic and dehumanizing forces of evil."
-Paul G. Hiebert In this paradigm, Christians engage the arts to break down the Gospel. Christ The Transformer Of Culture does not escape the culture, but seeks to change and revolutionize those aspects which are not aligned with the will of God. Acts 10:38
"How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by the power of the devil, for God was with Him." Jesus Transforming His Culture Matthew 4
Christ transforming the everyday lives of the fishermen, making them into disciples. John 8:1-11
Jesus freeing the adulterous woman from the men stoning her. Challenges to this Paradigm Discernment Evaluating a culture and determining what is right and wrong; what needs to be transformed and what is already righteous. One must seek God's will and ask for the gift of discernment in order to be wise in understanding what must be changed to glorfy Him. Modern Examples Abolition of Slavery Civil Rights Movement Liberation Theology in Latin America Social Services - Salvation Army
- Homeless Shelters Acknowledges the need for grace among the depravity of the world. Seeks holistic conversion; Christianity intersects every area of human life (culture in entirety) Focuses on social change " 'The kingdom of God begins within, but it is to make itself manifest without... It is to penetrate the feelings, habits, thoughts, words, acts, of him who is the subject of it. At last it is to penetrate our whole social existence.' The Kingdom of God is transformed culture, because it is first of all the conversion of the human spirit from faithlessness and self-service to the knowledge and service of God... Every moment and period is an eschatological present, for in every moment men are dealing with God." Anytime Jesus cast out evil spirits in man. "The time of the conflict is now; the time of Christ's victory is now. We are not dealing with human progress in culture, but with the divine conversion of the spirit of man from which all culture rises." Niebuhr 228 Niebuhr 228-229