I am joining this week with the #fiveminutefriday group of writers where we write for 5 minutes on a word prompt.  This week’s prompt is Culture.

So when I think of culture I also think of identity and of retaining our identity no matter which culture we live in or move to.

Think of Abram, God called him to go, to leave his father’s land, his culture, his familiar to go to the unfamiliar, the new, the strange.  But what was he to do in that new, strange land?  He was to retain his identity as a servant of the living God.  He wasn’t to mix, to water down his faith, take on other Gods, no he was to remain faithful to YAHWEH.

The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you’….. The Lord appeared to Abram and said ‘to your offspring I will give this land’, so he built an altar there to the Lord.  Gen 12:1-7

So what about us?  Do we mix in the our cultures so much that we are no different from those around us?  Do we take on the identities of those around, so that we are just like them, you can’t tell us apart?

Sometimes we are called, sometimes circumstances just dictate that we have to uproot and move somewhere new.  But wherever we go we should never lose our identity in Christ.  Whose we are, whom we serve should be so ingrained in our lives, that whilst we may have to adapt, we never compromise our faith, we serve the living God and that should be evident to all no matter our culture or place we live.