First of all, the was you can tell if something is good, or bad is by using the Bible. It's the only true way of testing anything. Culture in itself is not bad or good, its an inanimate object, like a movie, or a book, but what it contains, and the message that it projects is what shows us if it is good or bad for us. We all know that Halloween is a pagan holiday, but it is part of our general culture. I don't mean we celebrate it, I mean that the world around us does. It has to do with death, and the occult. These things are not things to be celebrated, and the Bible makes that clear to us. (Deuteronomy 18:9-11) In the case of Thanksgiving it is a whole different background. We all know how the Pilgrims came on the Mayflower and thanked God for a plentiful harvest: way better holiday. We can also use this to praise God, and even though it should be every day its a great excuse to do it with friends and family. The Football games and parades are also part of the holiday, but they are not against God, they are inanimate.
Those two were some of the easy ones. :P What about movies? Or what about T.V? What about music? What about sports? What about books? In my opinion, all of these things are part of culture. Now, maybe you don't see/listen too/play/ or read many of these, but they are still a big part of the world around us. I don't think that any of these things are bad in, and of themselves, but the message they are sending out to us may be. Again, the Bible is the way we see whether these things are good or bad. As Christians we are to be "the light of the world." We should be different, there should be a distinct difference between our worldly neighbors family, and our family. Without us the world would be nowhere. :) Christians should not change because the culture changes, Christians should change the culture. (Col 2:8)
I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of
faithless men I hate;
they will not cling to me
This is a great verse regarding what we see. :) The Bible is the answer for EVERYTHING and this is no exception. Any question you have, the Bible has the answer. One more verse I want to share with you all.
1 Corinthians 10:23:
"Everything is permissible"- But not everything is beneficial.
"Everything is permissible" But not everything is constructive.
Many times we will be faced with activities that might not be "good" or "bad." Like taking a vacation twice a year. :) When these things come up, we can ask the question "Is it constructive? Beneficial?" When something is neither "good" or "bad," we can decide what to make it. I happen to chat allot. :P And when I am chatting a great question to ask is, "Is this beneficial? Is this constructive?"
Tell me what you all think. :) Have you come up with several conclusion on your own? What are some views on the culture around us?