I love studying culture. So it was EASY to love the readings this week for our Perspectives Exposure series.
We were in Chapter 4, called "Cultural Exposure: How Can They Be Heard?"
Here are my thots:
Whoa! Moment #1 — "A Hindu woman was told ‘Jesus has come to give you eternal life.’ From her point of view, believing in continual reincarnation, she replied, ‘But I want to get out of eternal life." (Now, I can totally see it, but I never connected the dots before.) Image courtesy Ross Taylor.
2. "Understanding Culture"
- Favorite quote — "Everyone has a culture. No one can ever divorce himself from his culture." (Culture is like a set of unconscious-assumptions that everyone has.)
3. "Culture and Cross-Cultural Differences"
- Whoa! Moment #2 — "Among the Siriano of South America, men spit on each other’s chests in greeting." (Hey Ben! Let’s add this to our Sunday service! Actually, I wonder what about US looks ridiculous to them?)
Hmmm Moment #1 — "The problem arises when an American meets an Arab and arranges a meeting for 10a. The American shows up at 10a…the Arab at 10:45a, the ‘right times’ according to [their cultures]. The American feels the Arab has no sense of time (false), and the Arab thinks Americans act like servants (also false)."
- Whoa! Moment #3 — "Bridesmaids…originally used by non-Christians to confuse the demons who, they thought, had come to carry off the bride."
4. "The Viable Missionary: Learner, Trader, Storyteller"
- Favorite quote — "So the missionary must become an insider, at least to some extent, if he hopes to avoid these negative reactions to his presence and become a valuable person in the community."
- Favorite quote — "How can [we] explain the gospel so it seems culturally right?"
6. "The Missionary’s Role in Culture Change"
- Favorite quote — "Change is almost always initiated by someone within the cultural community."
Post your thoughts/ideas/questions from the readings here. And keep listening for God’s "still, small voice!"