In the local newspaper...


An African Christian family, once refugees in the Rwanda area, in Bukavu, Congo, came to the US as guests of a denomination in this city. The family from Africa had a difficult time adjusting to the United States christian culture. Says one of their hosts:

“There is a constant culture clash. Halloween was a good one. Just trying to explain the concept of Halloween to someone from Africa was just about impossible. All the things that we brush off, they could not brush off. The evil, the witches, the skulls—all that darkness he associates with actual evil.”

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.”

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.”

Isn’t it amazing that so many, even in the religious world, are blind at times? Some things are even totally obvious to those who have not been brainwashed by worldly western culture. But, for all of us, as the scales fall away, amazing Freedom and Strength and Life can fill us!

“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

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