This question was asked in one of my recent assignments for my Anthropology class. I would like to hear your response to it and to the other question that I got out of the first question.
The short answer is yes. Where there are people, there is culture. Most cultures are defined by religion, which in turn makes sense to have a Christian culture. I think the real question to ask is a Christian culture bad? And the answer to this question is it can be bad. “When a person has been raised in one culture as a Christian and enters another culture to bring the gospel, the person brings more than just the gospel. The person is bringing his or her cultural understanding of the gospel and cultural manifestation of it. In other words the gospel has been contextualized in the culture of the Christian” (Grunlan & Mayers 26). Contextualizing plagues the “Christian culture” the most. Contextualized can be defined as doing something inside a system, forming ideology inside a set system. There are all kinds of systems set up, and ideologies inside these systems. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Where it gets to be a problem for the “Christian Culture” is when they cannot get outside the system and be a Christian sharing the gospel. Contextualizing God puts Him in a box that cannot be shared outside of the system that you picked the box up from, the culture that you learned about God from. Naturally this is how we learn about life, from parents, school, friends, jobs, etc…The question is how do we respond to something when it does not fit into our system of context? Can we survive? The problem with the Christian Culture is that often it only flourishes in the culture that it represents, Christians. Outside of that it flounders and struggles to find any meaning because it has been contextualized. Which the message of hope, the Gospel, is something that goes way beyond culture or race, but spreads to the whole world. The problem is when people start to take the gospel to only fit inside their context.
The question that I got out of this answer was this: