A Look at Biblical vs Cultural Christianity

In this week’s post, let’s take a look at Biblical Christianity vs Cultural Christianity and perhaps some reflection on our daily lives.

But First…

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For the first time in thirty-six weeks, I decided to take a break from my writing routine last week. Instead, my family and I embarked on an exciting adventure to West Virginia to visit our loved ones. It was a much-needed opportunity to unwind, relax, and connect with family and friends.

During our trip, we had the pleasure of attending our niece’s wedding. She tied the knot with a charming gentleman from Michigan, and we couldn’t be happier for them. Witnessing the union of two people in love was a heartwarming experience that left us with happy memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Also on our trip to West Virginia, we celebrated our youngest nephew’s birthday, which turned into a surprise party for me as well. Yes, it was my 50th birthday, and they caught me off guard with a party I wasn’t expecting! It was a wonderful time.

Finally, we wrapped up our busy week at the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival where I had a table set up in my sister’s craft booth. We sold some of my artwork and a few coffee mugs. All in all, we made $650 in those four days and after our costs, we will be adding $350 to our yearly donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

All in all, taking a break from our usual routine to enjoy quality time with my family and loved ones was refreshing.

What is Cultural Christianity?

Cultural Christianity can be defined in many different ways but for this week, let’s focus on these two aspects.

Cultural Christians Prefer to Just “Fit In”

Unlike biblical Christianity, cultural Christians tend to steer clear of offending others who hold differing beliefs. This means that they avoid discussing sin, repentance, and eternal damnation as a result of our transgressions. Essentially, cultural Christians prioritize pleasing the world over following the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Cultural Christians are Focused on Their Outward Appearance

In the book of Matthew, there is an account of Jesus admonishing the religious leaders of his time for their hypocritical behavior. Specifically, in chapter 6, while teaching his disciples about the importance of giving and prayer, Jesus points out the hypocrisy that was prevalent among the religious leaders.

So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!
Matthew 6:2

Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! 
Matthew 6:5

Cultural Christians often miss the essence of being a genuine born-again follower of Christ as they prioritize their external image. By limiting their faith to mere Sunday attendance or worse, treating their beliefs as a one-time event, such as Easter Sunday, these nominal Christians may lack authentic repentance for their sins. Falsely relying on outward appearances, as Matthew 23:15 warns, can potentially lead others astray and towards eternal damnation.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are!
Matthew 23:15

What is Biblical Christianity?

Biblical Christians Do Not Align with a Societal World View

Biblical Christianity is characterized by a refusal to conform or align with societal norms. In contrast to the aforementioned nominal Christians, it emphasizes the importance of not being captive to human traditions and empty philosophy, which are grounded in the basic principles of the world. This is articulated in Colossians 2:8.

Biblical Christianity is Focused on Inward Appearance

Biblical Christians seek acceptance from God, not from man. As a result, their focus is having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Another tenet of Biblical Christianity is humility. Again, let’s look at Matthew 6:2,5 and contrast Biblical with Cultural Christianity.

So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!
Matthew 6:2

Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! 
Matthew 6:5

In verse 2, Biblical Christianity teaches we are to be humble, not anticipating any recognition when giving to the poor. And verse 5 was referring to those who pray in open and public spaces just to be seen as someone who is religious.

Closing

In conclusion, the difference between cultural and biblical Christianity is vast. Cultural Christianity often prioritizes social acceptance and outward appearances, while biblical Christianity emphasizes a genuine transformation of the heart and living in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ. While adhering to societal norms may be easier, biblical Christianity reminds us that true faith requires a willingness to stand apart from the crowd and embrace a life that is centered on a deeper, spiritual truth.

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