I have been asked to create and maintain a column in a soon to be created quarterly produced by the church I pastor at. My column is to address faith and culture, and more particularly, faith IN culture. What does it look like to live out our faith in our culture? What does faith look like in our culture?
A column title is required of me soon, and I have been brainstorming by myself (not really a brainSTORM I suppose). I have narrowed down to 3 possibilities. Please help me with some feedback about these options. (No! I will not even consider calling it “Fulture”.)
Which do you like most? Why?
Less Than 3 City (<3C)
The most connected culture we have ever had realizes what “Less Than 3″ means; it is what you would type to form a heart in text. I love the idea of Christians developing a love for their city. The first step to reaching any group is developing a love for that group. You cannot serve or reach anyone you do not first love.
Lost in Translation: speaking the languages of culture and faith
The first thing any good missionary knows you have to do before reaching a foreign culture is to learn the language. As far as most American Christians go, the culture around them is increasingly foreign. Further, most Christians simply do not speak the language of their city, their culture. That needs to change if we are going to reach our cities.
This seems almost self-explanatory; at least to those of you who read this blog. But without assumptions like that: Though my official title is “pastor”, my real ministry identity is that of missionary. I am trying to apply all the same understandings of what missionary would be and do for a “foreign” culture for this urban culture that is increasingly foreign to most Christians. I am still trying to be a light in a culture that most Christians would rather attack for being too dark.
Alright! What are your thoughts? You may also share completely different ideas if you have them.