According to Augustine, culture is not a reflection of a people's race, ethnicity, folklore, language, or heritage. Rather, it is an outworking of a people's creed. In other words, culture is the temporal manifestation of a people's faith. If a culture begins to change, it is not because of fads, fashions, or the passing of time; it is because of a shift in worldview- it is because of a change of faith. Thus, race, ethnicity, folklore, politics, language, [and] heritage are simply expressions of a deeper paradigm rooted in the covenantal and spiritual matrix of a community's church and the integrity of its witnesses.Interesting thoughts. If they are true, they have serious implications for compassion work in developing nations (and for life in Charlotte, NC as well).
The reason he spent so much of his life and ministry critiquing the pagan philosophies of the world and exposing the aberrant theologies of the church was that Augustine understood only too well that those things matter not only in the realm of eternity determining the spiritual destiny of the masses, but in the realm of the here and now determining the temporal destiny of whole civilizations.
George Grant, The Micah Mandate
4 years ago