Spiritual And Cultural Food
My surprise as well as yours. This is what the Lord said to do next. A close relative sent me some awesome photos from a trip that I just had to share with you. They fit both subjects, spiritual as well as cultural. Ya'll already know I am all about God and Art together.
The photos are from Leonard Kight's Salvation Mountain in the desert near Niland, California. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 82 after spending 14 years of his life creating this monument to Jesus.
There are many great teachers and we have been blessed not only with a choice of churches, but also with the internet we have access to just about anyone we would like to listen to. It is like a virtual salad bar. But with that comes our responsibility to use Godly wisdom and discernment to avoid being influenced by false teaching. So listen to the teachings, but always process that food through the Source.
For since there is jealousy and strife among you, aren’t you worldly and walking in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos, or your favorite Bible teacher or your denomination,” are you not mere humans? What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? And what is your favorite Bible teacher? Servants through whom you came to trust—and to each as the Lord gave. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. Now he who plants and he who waters work as one, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. ~1 Corinthians 3:3-9
In other words, God's Word, the story and teachings of Yeshua (the Source) is more important than who you follow here on earth. So stay studied up in the Word, pray for wisdom and discernment and...when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine (in The Word) and declare it to you. ~John 16:13-14
Culture: the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group.
Culture is how we celebrate life. We have grown up in a time when culture rules and sadly the negative kind tends to govern us more than we realize. The music we listen to, the movies, games, television and sports events are all influencers which also need to be processed through that perfect Source.
Even though we live in a modern world, The grass withers, the flower fades, But the Word of our God stands forever. ~Isaiah 40:8 Jesus said, “if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out." ~Matthew 18:9 This means we must make every effort to avoid activities that lead us in the wrong direction and we must be able to personally discern those areas for ourselves with the help of the Word and the Holy Spirit.
Negative culture is impossible to avoid, but what if we put our focus on creating and and using our gifts to glorify God and influence the culture around us as part of the command to go and make disciples of all nations? (Matthew 28:19-20) And on top of that we have His promise that He goes with us.
Moses, as commanded by God, commissioned artisans Bezalel, Oholiab and others to build the wilderness tabernacle and all of its furnishings and vestaments. Later on, Solomon comissioned the most skilled artisans using the finest of materials to build the most impressive temple of all time for the worship of God, Most High.
Scripture is filled with singing, praising, dancing and lamenting so beautifully. David played the harp to soothe the rage of King Saul and later he danced and rejoiced before the Lord. He used his soulful creativity to write the Psalms which are so incredibly inspiring to us. So even when we sing, and make art about life in general, the Source should be our guide.
Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ~1 Corinthians 10:31
Helpful And Inspiring Links:
Lance Wallnau: Access To High Places A great talk by Lance discussing Christian culture being a liberating force in a society versus the manipulating force of negative culture.