From Bondage to the Desert – How to Prepare for Freedom – 3

3. What Is Your Theology of Culture?

Our ability to function effectively as a Christian community under conditions of freedom depends to a critical extent on the way we understand our responsibility towards the surrounding culture.

As we have already noted, churches living under oppression have most often chosen the ‘Christ against culture’ model as a means of survival in a highly hostile society. Yet when freedom comes this model may become something of a hindrance to a full presence of the church as ‘salt and light’ in society.

This is why Christian communities preparing for freedom need to be willing to explore, at least theoretically and where possible also in small-scale practical ways, other possible models of engaging with culture, so that they will be able to represent Christ in the coming democratic society.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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