Cultural Shifts #1

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 wine skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine skins.

In 1995 I attended a clergy conference in Dallas.  A Christian sociologist spoke on cultural shifts and how they affect the church.   He explained that during the Middle Ages there was a cultural shift every thousand years.  By the 1940’s, there was a cultural shift occurring every forty years.  By 1995, the speaker reported that there was a cultural shift occurring every five years and in the near future, they would occur as often as every three years.

What is a cultural shift?  Yahoo Answers has a very good definition:  “A culture shift usually happens when another culture joins the current one. After a while they blend to make a different culture.   Usually after a conquest, the new ruler brings his people with him. Those people bring their culture. Over time cultures blend and new ones are created or shift into something new.”

The lecture in 1995 is not talking about conquests as seen in medieval times, yet there is a cultural conquest that is occurring.  Due to the rapid advancements in communication, the culture keeps rapidly shifting.  Thought, cultural expectations, foods, technology, education, safety, and morals are all changing at light speed.

Why is this important to us?  More to come in the next blog.


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