What frustrates you about how Christians talk about culture?

I’m working on a chunky newsletter post about Christianity and culture. For years, I’ve been frustrated over the constant push from thinkers and leaders to “engage with culture” or to be a “culture maker.”

Part of my frustration stems from their vague concept of what culture actually is. I’d really love to hear from you guys on this topic. I’ll actually be adding some of my thoughts on this topic to my book on the final round of edits.

For those of you who are new to my newsletter, Welcome! So stoked you’re with us. This feature is what Substack calls a “Thread.” It’s like an old school forum where I post questions, and we interact with each other in the comments section.

I’ll be hanging around doing some research tonight, so please feel free to leave your thoughts in the thread and I’ll jump in and engage with your thoughts as they come in. Here are tonight’s question(s)—feel free to answer all of them or just one:

  1. Are you in the same boat as I am? If so, what is it that frustrates you most about how the Church and Christians talk about culture?

  2. When you hear the word “culture” what do you think of? Or, how do you define it?

  3. What do you think the Bible says about “culture,” if anything?

  4. Does the Church do a good job in how it relates to the “greater culture”? If so, how? If not, why?

  5. Some writers, like Rod Dreher, believe Christians should retreat from culture and make their own communities, create our own Christian culture? Should we do this? Why or why not?

Have at it, y’all! I’ll share some of my answers when you all jump in with some of your own.