Yesterday I was driving and came across this sign on a road in upstate NY

   

Upstate New Yorkers think Fracking “ruins” the land. I don’t recall ever seeing one of these signs in Texas. I don’t  know anything about Fracking but it did make me think about how our views are influenced by where we live and how we were raised.

That’s true of Christianity too. Many times what we think is “of Christ” is merely Christian culture. They can be the same thing but not necessarily.

I grew up in upstate New York. After I became a Christian I headed to Texas to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. A few years in I started on staff at a bible church. You could say that I was born and raised in NY but spiritually raised in Texas; specifically spiritually raised in conservative, evangelical, bible church, south Christianity. My upbringing in NY has come in handy in helping me discern between Christ and Christian culture. For instance, in the south it’s assumed Christian’s are Republican; the two are synonymous. But I know that’s not truth but rather cultural Christianity. Partly because I know God loving committed Christians in the Northeast who are Democrats. I know can you believe it?

 

I’m thinking it would be beneficial to remember as we head into the upcoming elections.

 

 

And partly because Jesus was and still is Jewish. I may be wrong but it seems when he comes back he will inaugurate a theocratic government, not democratic but theocratic government. I know can you believe it?

I’m thinking it would be beneficial to remember as we head into the upcoming elections.

Whether it’s Fracking, the elections or some other issue, it might do us some good to ask the question, “Is what I’m promoting as Christ or is it really just Christian culture?”