How Worldview and Culture Shape Leadership, and the Implications for Christians
An important part of our communication is our worldview, which deals of the relationship between humans and God or gods, of the nature of. eryone to adopt Roman culture, God raised up Luther to prove that Worldview, the deep level of culture, is the .. what the Bible says about family relation-. “simply the cultural vehicles” through which “the eternal message of God” is to be . To consider the relationship between culture and worldview, we need to.
This explains why many from such cultures are relaxed about when they show up for a church service or a meeting, much to the frustration of Westerners! The service ran in what Westerners might feel was a chaotic way finishing sometime in the afternoon, but it was very relational. Time to be managed Secondly we note that time is a resource to be managed and prioritised.
We see this in the way in which Jesus encouraged his disciples to take time out to rest after they returned from being sent out into the surrounding villages two by two. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
Simon and his companions searched for him. For that is what I came out here to do. We too can say no! We have so far looked at time, and the Bible's views of it may tend to correlate rather well with a Western view.
This is not surprising when we remember that we have been influenced by many generations of Judeo-Christian values and the recapturing of work as a calling through the Protestant Reformation. However we are not done yet!
Where has our view of time led us in regard to relationships? Relationships matter We saw from Jesus that time is something that has to be prioritised and managed and this is often in creating time and space for relationships.
When Jesus was asked by one of the scribes which was the most important of the commandments he replied: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. All of this means that, just like Jesus, we have to prioritise and manage our time to ensure that we give time to loving God and loving our neighbour through relationship rather than just programmes. Intentionality in the use of time, being on time, scheduling, planning and prioritising in the context not just of tasks but of relationships will I believe put us back on track to a more balanced use of time and better relationships.
For all of us, whatever our cultural norms, this might be uncomfortable at times. An African might need to think more carefully about whether he or she is getting tasks done that ought to be done and prioritising these over breaking out to spend time chatting with a friend. A Westerner might need to be intentional about setting aside a task and leaving work on time to spend time with his or her family or a needy friend.
This might mean pushing back on task schedules where they may in fact be unrealistic and end up putting pressure on employees to deliver more in the same amount of time. It is hard for employees sometimes to push back but as leaders we can ensure that we are not placing unrealistic demands on employees. I recall on one occasion offending an African brother who worked for me because I did not find time to visit his sick mother. Even though I did not know she was ill and typically, for a Western entrepreneur, I had a full schedule, I was expected to show concern by visiting.
This was a rebuke to me and I now try, though not always successfully, to leave more time for relationship matters that may just come up.
In a church context we need to ensure that there is time for relationships, our evangelism perhaps needs to be less programatic and more relational. This will require a rebalancing of our Church programmes and releasing people to develop relationships not only within the body of Christ but also with friends, neighbours and work colleagues.
This is hard to do if an elder for example is rushing from work to a church meeting and home to connect with his wife briefly before collapsing into bed only to awake early in the morning to have a brief interaction with his kids and then rush off to a breakfast meeting before work! Once again, as leaders we have the responsibility to role model and we are often the ones in control of the programme. A balancing act These balances are hard to achieve and require constant monitoring and re-evaluation of priorities.
An important backdrop to all of this is a clear understanding of what God requires of us and a firm commitment to follow through, even when at times it will mean saying no to someone or some task that would compete for our attention. The authors determine two types of collectives. Degree of separation between people and nature e. Materialism, or a focus and value on material possessions, is seen as a primary American value.
Several suggest that the Western view puts God over humans and humans over nature; following this, there is evidence genome project, seeding clouds to make rain, etc. That is, humans control nature.
A couple of points here: And American communication is often more direct, as Americans strive for effienciency. Elaborate face-saving moves and dances of verbal nuance seem inefficient and tedious to many American business professionals. I would put progress and change here. But overall, many things suggest a future orientation for American culture fondness of change, drive for technology, saving for the future, etc.What Does It Mean To Have A Relationship With God?
Americans are individualistic, as opposed to a focus on either the lineal vertical or family collective or the collateral work group, college group collective. We assume the priesthood of all believers interacting within communities of faith. Our understanding of call to discipleship is that true conversion involves all dimensions of human experience. And God intends to communicate in the context of culture. Cultures today are very different, and they have different manifestations.
The second approach is anthropological. Anthropology begins through observation of religious experience or practice. Observation is always selective and observational data which is close to the real world. I would quote a paragraph regarding this opinion. Interpretation is thus always open to bias and preconception. Making the question of interpretation of data, we can do one of the two things: Anthropology serves as the interpretation of religious data and understanding of ideological systems.
Symbol Religion takes some particular symbol to declare meaning and emphasize doctrine or teaching.
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With this object, it uses special shapes, cloths, colors, sounds, and style. For example, Christianity uses the cross. Many times the temple is a symbol. Most religious temple declare their uniqueness. Even in the rituals, worshippers practice using their own symbols. Ritual Every religion has its own ceremony to express its belief s and to show the believer's commitment to God.
This is an important element and behavioral pattern of a given religion.
Ritual has been defined as "the formal acting out of a ceremony, usually repeated in exactly the same way on specified occasions. This definition stress two important features of ritual: According to Knight Dunlap, ritual has three significant features: The motivation is not essential, and in fact, much of the 'works' of religion is behavior that continues as mere habit, from which the original motive have long disappeared.
The structure displays unique formal ceremony. It specializes its own characteristics to discern its own originality from the other religion. And the rites themselves take place in a sort of timeless time and placeless place. Myth This word is used to use for Greek or Roman gods stories.
There are a lot of unbelievable stories. But the stories had power and function. Knowing myth is one of the way to understand religions.
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Mythology is defined as "a narrative resurrection of primeval reality told in satisfaction of deep religious wants, moral, cravings, social submissions, assertions, even practical requirements.
It literally means story and originally was used for many stories of the gods in Greek religion. And the word myth is associated in the West with a set of connotations that has become in popular speech almost a synonym for untrue, false, or absurdly fantastic. Myth is transmitted into culture and is preserved as traditions. And it is continually handed down from generation to generation.
How do we interpret a myth? We must understand a myth in order to correctly interpret it.