Foundational questions and principles as solid as the Corinthian pillar pictured in this caricature are covered in the second chapter of Ken Myer's book, All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes.
The author wastes no time getting to meat (1 Cor 10:23-26) of the issue in the title alone.
The chapter's title is a play on Psalm 8:4 where David is lauding the majesty of God and wondering why an awesome creator would contemplate a lowly creature.
The implication is that we humans think so highly of ourselves and our possessions that we're not aware of our surroundings (culture) - popular or unpopular, high brow or low.
Perhaps it would be premature for me at this point to claim that I am mindful. I am aware. I am not indifferent.
After all I am reading about it. That means I care, right?
I cannot bear to contemplate such cultural icons as Michael Jackson or Madonna. Or listen to their music.
Thankfully though, neither do I identify with the fiddler in this caricature. But Myers does force me to examine my own outlook by presenting the cultural apologies of such fine thinkers as C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, Fredrich Hayek, and Derek Kidner.
Easily the author assesses the nature of culture by examining its religious base, its relativism, and its context. He does not overlook that it should be measured by Biblical standards and that it cannot be socially engineered. This is valuable reference material.
I wonder though?
Did I accept his arguments too quickly?
But I know why.
By the grace of God He quickened my spirit and ignited my imagination: that realm of human experience that exists prior to that lower power which drives social critics.
Furthermore, I concur with Myers I need teachers and the fellowship of the saints , i.e. the local church because
applying Scripture to our individual experience is difficult for each of us,
often as much because we fail to understand the significance of our own
situations, the context in which we are applying it, because we fail to
understand the original, objective meaning of the text. pg 33
And so, I read and think (wisdom calls me to). I consider the rewarding task of taking dominion as described by my favorite apologist, Russell Kirk.
A culture is perennially in need of renewal.
A culture does not survive and prosper merely by being taken for granted;
active defense is always required, and imaginative growth, too.
Meet my contributions to the future of our culture.
GMVP = God's Most Valuable Players, nurtured in the admonition of the Lord to love and serve Him as strong leaders in the 21st century.
Veritable roses, don't ya think?
It's amazing how much cultivation roses take in order to bloom.