Saturday, July 31, 2010

Some further comments on Culture

Context is everything, isn't it?

In the previous post, "Culture as Solvent," it must be made clear that the we were speaking of the culture in which we live globally and socially. We are always in a culture of some sort ... and not every culture is destructive.

The culture in an Orthodox community is most often not destructive, although Christ our God is certainly about "dissolving" that which is evil and sinful. This is never to move everything to the lowest common denominator or to get to a point where anything and everything goes.

In the larger society in which we live, however, the idea of solvent is true. That culture, is, for the most part a godless culture, or a culture in which the god of self prevails. One could also say that there is a 'god of the majority vote.

In that culture, everything is at all times in flux.

In Christ our God, in Holy Mother Church, that constant flux is done away with as we see all things in the Light of Christ. In denying self, in following Him, we die to that which causes eternal death and are raised up to life abundant and eternal.

"It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God." (St. Paul) In this life, I don't look to whatever is a current fad, nor do I look for some sort of vague relevancy: I look to the author and perfector of life and faith.

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