Cultural Shifts #2

Mark 2:22 And no one pours new wine into old wine skins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.

Some sociologists predict that the culture is shifting in its mores, thinking, and interactions, as often as every three years.  In medieval times the cultural shift occurred every thousand years.  Today, shifts occur every three years.  Why is this important for Christians?  How does this relate to Mark 2:22 which speaks of old and new wine skins?

The gospel of Jesus Christ does not change.  The cross stands alone in time and space.   The work of the blood, linked with the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is the most powerful element in the universe.  As culture rapidly changes so must Christians in their sharing of the changeless truths of the Gospel.

Church as we know it does not seem to be working the way it has in the past.  Up until the 1980’s, families attended church together.  Choirs wore robes and sang music from other centuries.  The town banker, with his Stepford wife, and two well behaved children sat on the second pew each Sunday except for when they were away on vacation.  Denominational leaders  attempted ecumenical gatherings, consisting of  Methodists, Presbyterians and Baptists  meeting together for a Thanksgiving Harvest service at one of the local, participating church.  This included the host group showing off their building and conversations would run along the lines of “How do you take communion?” and “Do you really believe in predestination?”

That is an example of an old wine skin.  Every old wine skin was once new.  God loves old wine skins for that reason, but an old wine skin cannot be reused once it has served its purpose.   It has stretched as far as it can go.  The next blog will continue to look at why all of this is important to Christians today.


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