Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Story and Culture

The Bible is written in different genres.  Within this marvelous book we find poetry, apocalyptic writings, sermons, speeches, epistles, etc.  The most common and famous genre within the Bible is narrative.  Narrative is found throughout the Bible.  The poems, sermons, and epistles we read in the Bible all have a narrative background.  They are all tied to a story.  In fact, the Bible itself is a narrative.  It is the story of humanity from creation to the cross and beyond.  Stories are important to God, so much so, He chose to reveal Himself to us using story.

Stories are not only important to God, but they are important to all of us.  We love to tell stories about our family, friends, life experiences, etc.  Some of these stories are so important we will pass them down to the next generation.  These stories mean something to us.  They are a part of our lives.  They help define us as a person.  Stories are a necessary part of our life.

Stories are also a part of every culture and civilization that has ever existed.  Just as stories help define us as an individual they help define the culture in which we live.  You can tell a lot about the culture just by finding out what stories are popular and important.

A good story is one in which you can hear, read, or watch over and over again, not because it is entertaining, but because it is of value.  A good story is one in which we learn something new each time we hear it.  We see things differently than we did before.  We pick up on things we missed.  We see the story from a different angle or point of view.  A good story is one you remember.  It sticks with you as you go throughout life.

Perhaps, one of the most frightening things that has occurred in our culture over the past few years is how consumerism has had a negative impact on story.  It used to be someone created a story because it was of value, but now stories are thrown together because they are valuable if marketed correctly.  If something or someone is popular in our culture there is money to be made.  People capitalize on this by putting what is popular on TV or in a movie and then selling it.  Movies are rushed to the cinemaplex, not because the story is good, but because it will make money.  The story no longer matters.  What matters is if people will pay to see it.  When stories no longer mean something, when they are no longer of any value, when there is no moral to the story, when they are only used as a medium to make money we are in serious trouble.

“Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

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