Glorying God in Culture: Redux

We Christians can be critical of culture; I include myself in this statement.  It is actually quite easy to be critical of culture since culture involves so many questionable things; especially present day culture.  We would be making a mistake if we just wrote it all off however, for there is no reason whatsoever that God cannot be glorified right in the midst of the culture of man!

I often listen to Public Radio.  The reason that I do is that I enjoy classical music.  It’s kind of fun listening to the announcers on politically correct public radio stations introducing classical music pieces that announce in music the grandeur of Jesus Christ, for in case you don’t listen to it, a very high percentage of classical music, especially Baroque and earlier was written as music of praise for worship.

Everyone knows about the great cathedrals of Europe.  They are monuments built to glorify God!  It is easy to criticize them for being monuments to man, I suppose.  It is also true that their construction involved a great deal of political shenanigans, and that they were built in times that were spiritually troubled.  Yet, consider: Most people today don’t know much about the spiritual problems of 500 years ago.  In fact most people today hardly know there ever was a “500 years ago”.  But everyone knows about those cathedrals that even now are architectural testimonies to faith and our great God.

Today, we may worship differently than our ancestors did.  We may worship differently than they do at the church across the street, but all Christians can give glory to God!  Why can’t we look at what previous generations of Christians have done to glorify God in culture, whether it was in a big way or in a small way, and ask ourselves what we can do to reclaim our culture for Jesus Christ?

Can we give Him glory in art?  Can we give Him glory in literature?  Can we give Him glory in architecture or sculpture or theater or in dancing?  I think we can!

Culture doesn’t have to go against God; it only does because we have surrendered it to those who would mock Him.

I agree that spending hundreds of millions to build a cathedral probably isn’t the best stewardship, but how much does it cost to write a play, a book, a poem, a song, a symphony or paint a picture?  If all of the Christians who have such abilities applied themselves, could we really shake up our culture for Christ?

Yes.

We haven’t gotten very far just complaining have we?

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23 thoughts on “Glorying God in Culture: Redux”

  1. Thanks, Don. I tend to think those mammoth cathedrals were statements of the institutional church’s power and control more than they were glorifications of the Lord who came to us as a poor commoner. But, yes, it’s ironic how PBS loves to play classical music with Christian themes.

  2. Great reminder that everything in our lives can be to glorify God. The question I often ask myself will this bring me closer to God, would it please God…our desire to please Him will bring glory to Him…using all our gifts and talents for Him

  3. A great challenge to use our God given abilities to God’s glory. Culture can become a boogeyman when we each have to answer the call to redeem the world rather than abandon it to those who reject God.

  4. “We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”

    Nice article.

    GOD bless you.

  5. Thank you, Don. You are so right. After all, the gifts of this world come from God, not from man. I’m reminded of this prayer Jesus offered over his disciples.

    15 “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” John 17:15-18

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