CULTURAL ABSORPTION

Thursday 05-28-20

“The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me; the rulers also transgressed against Me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal and walked after things that did not profit” (Jeremiah 2:8).

As a people of faith, our unique identity is built around a story being written by God. It is a story that, if not handed down to your children, disappears from your lineage in one generation. This narrative of faith is not learned by osmosis; it isn’t picked up along the way because mom and dad are “good” people, with high moral values, and come from “good stock.” If the salvation story is not consistently spoken of by parents; if it is not observed as being a daily pursuit, and emphasized as a disciplined, rhythmic, non-negotiable participatory event with other believers on Sunday, the biblical narrative of faith will soon be replaced by a Baal inspired narrative of cultural and nationalistic religion, practiced at one’s own convenience.

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