reflection by Jack Wolfe:
In Chapter 1 Volf writes, “our coziness with the surrounding culture has made us so blind to many of its evils that instead of calling them into question, we offer our own versions of them -- in God’s name and with a good conscience.
It is so easy to allow our own culture to become something that we worship itself and see it as most “Holy“ when he went on to say that Black Baptists felt more comfortable with Black Muslims then their White Christian brothers. Is this not an indictment on both from the standpoint that the Blacks feel more comfortable with their culture and the Whites must not be able to find a place in Christ to create fellowship?
It is stated concerning different cultures that we not be held captive by our own cultures but what is it that we should turn to. How do we live as Christian communities with different tribes and fractured societies different cultural groups?
The question is asked what should the relation of the churches be to the cultures be where the churches find themselves.
The Book of Revelation says that there will be one from every tribe and tongue and nation I wonder what that will look like. And if we are to mirror what is going to happen in Heaven then it is something that we should think about.
Volf does an interesting job discussing the life of Abraham and his leaving his own country -- what did it mean for him not to belong to his country and culture?