Culture and the new gods?

Why Godly Culture?  A primary reason we created this site is to deconstruct and analyze modern American culture.  We are looking to find and promote anything that upholds godliness, while conversely breaking down diabolical trends, demonically inspired ideas, and cultural strongholds of wickedness. No matter how Christian you think you are, to some degree the culture has imprinted you with ideas that are not from the Bible.  It is somewhat inevitable, but that is not to say it is acceptable or irreversible.  Our culture daily baptizes us with pictures, ideas, and worldview valuations that must be answered and combated with God’s Word.  As Christians, we have a loving duty, to our neighbors and fellow human beings, to expose and beat back the deluge of ungodliness.

My question exactly! What is culture?

Here’s how it works:  A culture is the sum total of the actual beliefs of your society.  It is the “cult” of where you live.  Culture is born out of the thoughts and opinions of your region’s history, industry, politics, media, arts, education, and religion.  These factors combine to influence your thinking, as you constantly interact with what is happening on the news, in music, at work, and among your peers.  What our Culture values, and finds acceptable or praiseworthy, will invariably bleed into what every person in it values, accepts, and praises.  Mother Culture is the air we breathe and the water we swim in.  We are all susceptible to her seductive wiles, as she floods our minds with her influential message.

As I began to engage with this idea, I realized that every culture has expressed what they value as the gods.  Whether it be at Mesopotamian ziggurats, the pagan East’s shrines to elephant headed and many armed gods, or cultured ancient Greeks bowing to statues in marble temples, or modern man’s attempts to elevate himself to godlike status; all across the world and at every time period there have been the gods.  If the culture values war, then men make an Ares or an Artemis.  If the culture values fertility, then the men dance a rain dance to the spirits in the sky.  If the culture exalts humans as supreme beings devoid of any Creator or Moral Law Giver, then men make graven images to dictators, sacrifice the unborn upon the alter of convenience, take mind altering drugs to stave off the tedium, and entertain themselves to death.


Meet the new gods!  (They’re really just the old gods in disguise, but, let’s meet ’em anyway.)

The Sex god:  

IF IT FEELS GOOD, DO IT

He is a god of this culture, because in our culture, everything we do in his name is permissible.  Do you like to watch other people make love?  Do you prefer the anonymity of a chat room or a “tube” to going to an adult book store?  (By the way, the euphemism “adult book store” is a genius piece of marketing.)  Are you interested in paying for sex?  None of that is a problem for the Sex god.  Do you want to get a divorce?  Great, just say you’re doing it because you fell in or out of love, or because your spouse has lost interest in sex.  The Sex god will grant you a divorce.  Do you want to have an abortion?  Go for it!  Just say that you had unprotected sex, with somebody you really love.  Or, say, “take your laws off my body”.  The god of Sex has now set you free to live life with none of the consequences that used to accompany fornication.

The Golden goddess:  

FAME

She has promised wealth and fame in exchange for your fealty.  It seems clear, from the data, that our culture has pretty much conditioned us to expect a great life, if we come into a lot of money, or achieve some fame and acclaim.  We’ll be so happy, if our bank accounts are full, or if we see our name is up in lights.  There is no better way to live than having a fat wad in our pockets and the adoration of others.  This is why we spend so much time at work, learn to play an instrument, and take dramatic arts courses at the community college.  I’ve spent a significant portion of my life dreaming of fast cars, immaculate homes, riches and the love of an adoring audience.  The Golden goddess only wants what’s best for us, and, in exchange, we have to be willing to do anything she asks; even if she asks us to step on all the little people.  Unfortunately, to refute her claims we need only look to the many “successful” actors, musicians, scientists, painters, and business men who have taken their own lives, after they reached the top and found it wanting.  They get everything they were promised, but it doesn’t satisfy, so they turn to hardcore drugs and suicide.  Still, she masquerades as the Empress of Every Good Thing.

The Wisened One:  

INTELLECTUAL ELITISM

He is a god of our culture, because we only really believe the experts.  Think about it, whose testimony is most likely to move a jury?  An Expert!  Which doctor actually treats you; the family care practitioner or the specialist?  Do you take your car to the Joe’s Auto Shop or to Bob’s Brakes/Mike’s Mufflers/Tom’s Tires/etc?  This is why we have so many majors in colleges.  Where are the Renaissance Men? The Wisened One has lent his credibility only to those educated elites, because one of the places he gets his godly powers from is the University.

The Powermonger: 

Autonomy

 It is a monstrous god, more titan and force of nature, than a personalized deity.  The Powermonger is the source which lies behind many of the other New gods, but has a more distinct and unique environment.  He gives humans the desire to do away with social mores, traditional values, and family ties. In fact, anything that would inhibit the human apetite is an enemy, according to this disastrous Zeitgesit demon. The Powermonger haunts the courthouses, chambers of commons, Capitol buildings, penthouses, and corner offices on the top floor.  The Powermonger grants its adherents access to the inside track.  It’s worshippers are called the Inner Ring.  These people obsess with being first, and, when ever possible, only.  They want it best; they want it now, and don’t anybody stand in their way!  The Powermonger possesses the Inner Ring, and empowers them to cast off the shackles of mediocrity, modesty, and shame.

Unfortunately there are many more:

THE LIST GOES ON HERE

The TickettyToc god, who wants us to live by the wristwatch. The Forked Tongue god, who wants to use double speak, confusion, and obfuscation to get his way. The One Eyed Box: he sits in our living rooms, demanding our attention. He is so important to us, that we do him much honor by facing all our furniture toward him.  The Gridiron Juggernaut who entertains and delights us, meanwhile his athletic prowess distracts us from our families, work, and God.  And, there are still so many more…

Our Culture praises the new god who tolerates every human passion.  She praises him, and sits as his mistress.  The new god is not the Christian God.  The new god is based on the true God, and claims to be Him, but with some notable changes.  God used to forbid gay sex, but the new god is cool with it.  That was soooo Old Testament of Him, but he isn’t like that anymore.  He used to forbid no-fault divorce, but now anybody can divorce and remarry anybody for any reason.    The new god has finally gotten with the times.  He used to forbid children sassing their parents, but now he sees that it is healthy for the young to express themselves.  The new god has been reading books from the psychology section at Barnes and Nobles.  The new god has gotten rid of all those hang ups He had before.  he’s evolved!  Isn’t that great?  Now, he’s free to allow everything under the sun.  Well, almost everything… it seems these days God is capable of allowing anything but judgment.  and he never makes moral distinctions when it comes to sexual immorality(pornography, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bestiality), abortion, or any sin committed in the name of love or progress.

The American Pantheon is replete with many strange new deities.  These are only a few. In forth coming posts we will investigate and unmask these Baals and Ashteroths further. We will take an in-depth look at them one by one! And, with God’s help, we will fight them.

A Case of Mistaken Identity

Japanese Elvis takes care of business. Flex those guns, Elvis-San!

I once met a guy downtown, who claimed to be an Elvis impersonator.  Which was weird, because he was dressed in normal clothes.  I was so excited, because my grandpa had loved Elvis, and we once watched “Blue Hawaii” together.  So, I asked him to sing an Elvis hit, but he said he didn’t know any.  Somewhat exasperated, I asked him to tell me some Elvis factoids or at least do the lip snarling “Thank you, thank you very much“.  But he said

In my best Elvis voice I said, “Hey man, what’s the deal?  You don’t dress like Elvis.  You don’t sound like Elvis or look like Elvis, and you don’t even know anything about Elvis?  How can you call yourself an Elvis impersonator?”

Now, he looked a little miffed.  I guess my question had angered him.  He responded, “I’m not that kind of Elvis impersonator.  I prefer to think of Elvis the idea, not the person. Besides, whoever said you had to look like Elvis, sing like Elvis, and or act like Elvis to be an Elvis impersonator?”

Thank you, Doctor, I totally agree.

 

I got to thinking about it.  I pondered, and mused, and puzzled.  I even boggled a bit.  Then it came to me.  Clearly this guy was not, in fact, an Elvis impersonator.  At least, he wasn’t one in the sense that serious Elvis aficionados are.  A real lover of Elvis, and I’m talking about the truly hardcore, collect his old albums and outfits, visit Graceland.  They make it their life’s ambition to try to look like him, walk like him, talk like him, know all the hits, and encourages others to take an interest in The King himself.

Its like this with Jesus.  We have all met Christians who don’t really seem to be that interested in the King of Kings.  They don’t behave in a Christlike manner, nor do they speak to others with grace and truth.  They certainly don’t seem to be committed to loving the brothers, or ministering to the lost.  In fact, the only way you would know that they have an association with Jesus at all, is because the say so.  I ask you then, “In what way can they rightly call themselves a Christian?

In the book “Not a Fan”, author Kyle Idleman outlines the differences between fans of Jesus, and his followers.  He says, “The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them.” 
― Kyle IdlemanNot a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

Jesus calls his followers to be more than just “impersonators”.  He is interested in making disciples.  A disciple does imitate the master, and there are certainly some commonalities with an impersonator.  The major difference is that a disciple of Jesus is called upon to lay down his very life.  There is no glitz or glamour.  No big shows in Vegas.  No throngs of screaming fans.  Every disciple’s destiny is to take up his cross, and follow a master who did not live a luxurious life.