“I didn’t keep the news of your ways a secret, didn’t keep it to myself. I told it all, how dependable you are, how thorough. I didn’t hold back pieces of love and truth For myself alone. I told it all, let the congregation know the whole story.” (Psalm 40:10)
Interesting how the sermon I just listened to fits so well with what we learned from Perspectives, and Brian has never even had the chance to take that course in!
He was speaking on the passage from 1 Corinthians 11 where Paul talks about women wearing head-coverings in church. Brian carefully and clearly showed that this is a “culture-specific” principal–Paul even mentions at the end about it being a custom, not a command; and his argument from creation points out that male & female are EQUAL. But they had to respect the culture and wear head-coverings.
In Perspectives, we learned that missionaries study the culture they’re trying to reach, and do everything they can to respect that culture. After all, each ethnic people group were created uniquely by God, and we should enjoy the wonder of each. Of course, we have to be careful not to compromise something that shouldn’t be–ask ourselves if it’s a Biblical command, or something that is culture-specific. Both fluidity and rigidity can be mistakes–we need to combine fidelity with sensitivity.
So when churches here in North America insist on NOT updating to the culture, they’re NOT going to reach people! There can be identification without loss of identity as Christians.
What Brian pointed out, is the importance of reverence in worship. You do have to consider what is appropriate, but the real issue is what’s in your heart, not what’s on your head. But what’s in your heart will come out, in how you present yourself.