In reading and hearing the proposed options for “The Way Forward” I was reminded of just how much our culture influences us. Even in our western hemisphere the complexities of cultural layers are in full sway. The way we see things can be greatly impacted by our upbringing and that often differs across boundaries within geographical, religious, socio-economic, racial, ethnic, educational backgrounds, to name a few…
In the book MISREADING SCRIPTURE WITH WESTERN EYES – REMOVING CULTURAL BLINDERS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE, E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien write “BECAUSE OF THE CULTURAL DISTANCE between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text.” These scholars talk about our personal “habits of the mind” that might blind us to the true message of the Bible.
If we are using our personal lens with a somewhat menu-driven approach to reading God’s Word, perhaps we might want to ask the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts. For us to rely upon our own assumptions about what is really going on in the text that we are reading is limited, and likely to be erroneous.
Instead, may God shape us to better understand cultural differences in language during our times of reading the Word and may the Spirit lead us to follow the examples of Christ in our contemporary setting.
– Dr. Linda I. McDaniel
Published on Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 3:58 PM EDT