I recently was pointed to a wikipedia page that described a breakdown of different cultures based on seven criteria. My friend asked me to comment on my home culture and on a culture I have lived in outside of my home culture. Then to comment on what parts of culture have been hard to bridge in relation to moving from “home culture” to “other culture”. As I pondered for a bit I realized that I really don’t want to bring my home culture to stand as a barrier to any new culture I go to. Likewise, I have now desire to passively take on a new culture with out putting some thought into it. The culture I want to know, live and see is a biblical culture. I am quite convinced that a biblical culture is not purely American or European or Asian or Middle-Eastern or African. It is not tied to geography but to the word of God. The culture shock that I want to experience is not longing for my home culture but for instead longing for a biblical culture. Starbucks you are cool and all but you don’t matter in place of love, justice and an invitation to eternal inheritance. There are seven dimensions of culture and I figure that calls for seven posts where I hope to struggle between two different expressions of culture and I hope to see where a balanced biblical expression is.
The page for this idea comes from the link below.