Thursday, January 10, 2008

Building a Culture of Faithfulness (Conclusion)

So there it is – a sketch of a pathway to building a culture of faithfulness. Much more is needed. But then again, there is no way that a faithful culture could ever be reduced to purely analytical description on a piece of paper. It is a living, breathing bent of the heart that defies all attempts at exhaustive exploration, for it touches on the deepest aspects of our existence. How could it be otherwise, for it is really touching on our relationship with the infinite, almighty God.

Yet despite the mysteries involved, we press on, motivated by the burning desire to know God and to live for him wholly. In fact, we want to know him in ways that only a living culture can provide. For a culture is the distilled teaching-in-life of generations which imbues its pupils with perspectives, judgments, and tastes far richer and more complex than those that can be taught in a classroom or researched in a library, even over the course of a lifetime. Thus, “it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Phil 1:9-11). As God answers this prayer, we will build a culture of faithfulness.

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