Lost God

Don’t use culture to reach people.

This is what God told me a few nights ago as I opened my door to step out of the car.

Don’t use culture to reach nor relate to people.

I am a little taken aback by that very direct and clear statement. It is so clear, in fact, I find myself a little bewildered. Over time, I have accepted the notion that we “reach people where they are”. We talk their talk. We walk their walk. We communicate artistically using imagery they can relate to. That is how many people operate in their ministry because, well, how can we reach people if we don’t relate to them?

God is dealing with me on the topic of culture, and, honestly, I am still trying to understand the implications of His instruction. We worship culture in society (I’m mostly speaking about American society). We only attend churches with people whom look like us. We design our sermons based on the language and the entertainment of this time. And, by doing so, we have lost God.

I’m really only coming to an understanding of what God meant when He said

Don’t use culture to reach people.

The truth is, when we design our behaviors and efforts around the ways of this world, we tell God His Word needs this worlds assistance, His power is incomplete.

You can be effective within a group without adopting their methods.

And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.‭‭ Daniel‬ ‭1:5-6, 8‬ ‭NKJV‬

We are partaking in all of the king’s delicacies, not realizing that God is the one who promotes and demotes.

Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. ‭‭Daniel‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God was the one who placed Daniel in the chief of the eunuchs good favor, so God was the one who Daniel needed to focus on pleasing. As a Jew, he was not to eat certain things (according to the Leviticus diet) and he certainly wasn’t to eat things sacrificed to idols. He could have tried to justify disobedience with attempts to relate to the people; however, he would have been in error by doing so. His rejection of the Babylonian ways was the catalyst for his promotion.

If God is God, then serve Him. If God is God, then do things His way and allow His power to reach people through you.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Bonsai says:

    Culture with respect to God is something I’ve thought a lot about. There aren’t. Any scriptures on it either but I have found a couple. Culture distracts us and becomes a lens.


    1. ReignofFaith says:

      Yes it can be a stronghold. I’m still allowing him to speak to me on it but I think the biggest thing is when we allow culture to take precedence over His will and His instruction.

      I also think their is imagery that we use in art that reinforces bondage but that’s for another post!


    2. ReignofFaith says:

      Thanks for commenting by the way.


  2. maxtari says:

    Thank you for the reminder.


    1. ReignofFaith says:

      Thanks for reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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