‘Value’ culture

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Perhaps one could differentiate Western from Middle Eastern culture in terms of the former being a reality culture and the latter a value culture.  For Middle Easterners, facts are more negotiable commodities.

The biblical world, like those of many contemporary Muslims, is one in which value is far more significant than surface reality.  Nevertheless, Jesus Christ has a challenge to make to a worldview in which value comes to be enthroned at the expense of the real.  In the parable of the two sons – one who did what is father asked and the other did not – in Jesus’ view, it is the son who does the deed, whatever his immediate words, who most closely conforms to the ideal of obedience.

Sometimes it is very hard to get a straight answer from a Middle Easterner about when something is going to happen.  The Arabic phrase in sha’a ‘llah (if God wills) could mean ‘definitely yes’, ‘definitely no’ or any shade of response in between those two extremes.

 

 

Why is culture important?

Cultural Values

 

 

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Have you ever noticed how many special ways God refers to us, His dear children? He calls us His beloved sons and daughters, the righteous, children of the kingdom, His anointed, royal priesthood, the faithful in Christ, His temple, His friends, and so many other loving names that speaks to who we are in Him. Also in many cases, the names we are given at birth have both biblical and heavenly identities tied into them. Our Heavenly Father who watches over us daily has created the ideal path for each of us to take to travel the journey of life, just as a father will make plans for his own child by putting things in place at a very early age for education, health, graduation, and marriage. God has predestined and equipped each of us to carry out a specific purpose that will create the design He desires to be in place for His kingdom to be effective in the earth.
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