Worldview map of reality shapes your focus…External culture, then, informs social relationship, economics, religion and material.
“Ethnocentrism is when a person brought up in one culture, having never seen or experienced a different culture, believes that his or her culture’s way of doing things is the right way” (Law, E. 1993., p. 4)
Ethnocentrism is when a person brought up in one culture, having never seen or experienced a different culture, believes that his or her culture’s way of doing things is the right way.
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Here from all the nations, all tonguesand all peoplesCountless the crowd and majestic theirvoices are one;Vast is the sight and majestic theirsinging‒“God has the victor; He reigns from thethrone.” (Idle, C., in Cultural change and your church).
There are two componentsto culture ‒ external & internal.
Visualize an iceberg. The partabove water signifies external culture →Below represents internal.
Elements of CultureThe elements of external culture arethose things you see, hear and touch, asopposed to internal that are not.
Cultural IcebergBy Culbertson, H. Southern Nazarene University, Adapted from Weaver, G (1998). "Understanding and coping withcross-cultural adjustment stress." Simon & Schuster. retrieved September 26, 2011, fromhttp://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/iceberg.htm
Characteristics of Culture EXTERNAL INTERNAL Explicitly learned Implicitly learned Connections Unconscious Easily changed Difficult to change Objective Subjective knowledge knowledgeBy Culbertson, H. Southern Nazarene University, Adapted from Weaver, G (1998). "Understanding and coping withcross-cultural adjustment stress." Simon & Schuster. retrieved September 26, 2011, fromhttp://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/iceberg.htm
Elements of Culture EXTERNAL INTERNAL See Beliefs Hear Values Touch Thought patterns MythsBy Culbertson, H. Southern Nazarene University, Adapted from Weaver, G (1998). "Understanding and coping withcross-cultural adjustment stress." Simon & Schuster. retrieved September 26, 2011, fromhttp://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/iceberg.htm
Worldview definition:“Culturally structured assumptions,values and commitments/allegiancesunderlying a people’s perception ofreality and their responses to thoseperceptions” (Kraft, C, 1989, p. 20).
Worldview indicatesthe deepest level of one’spresuppositions that charts a person’slife.
Worldview reflectsthe internal component of culture, asinfluenced by external culture.
Worldview chartslife course according to an individual’spatterns that collectively form a map ofreality. Whole groups (society) chart amap as well.
Worldview:Worldview is one’s map of reality thatcharts life.(Kraft, 2001)
Worldview does not standalone from culture…Worldview does not stand alone fromculture, but interacts with andstructures it.
Worldview organizesother aspects of culture such as externaland internal factors.It directly links to the internalcomponents of culture that make up thereality map, which in turn, drives focusand response.
Worldview:Worldview also interacts with internal andexternal personal cultures, directly linking tointernal culture. Worldview External Culture Internal Culture Worldview andinternal culture link to each other
Worldview:Together, worldview and internal culturedrive one’s focus and response to visibleexternal culture. Worldview External Culture Internal Culture Worldview and internal culture drive focus and response in external culture
REVIEW:Culture reflects multiple elements. Eachinfluences and impacts the other. Culture Internal Elements External Worldview Focus & Response
Culture reflects multipleelements1. Culture reflects multiple elements. Each influences and impacts the other.1. Culture includes the elements of “beliefs, arts, food, customs, clothing, family and social organizations and government in a given period” (Law, E. p. 4. Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb).
Culture reflects multipleelements (Continued)4. The elements can be separated into internal and external cultures. The internal are those things not visible to the eye, while the external is what you can see, hear or feel.5. Worldview links to internal culture.6. Worldview and internal culture drive focus and response by informing social relationships, religion, economics and material.
When you understandculture, it helps you realizeanother’s perspective.
Think about it. Talk about it…Without being able to see through theeyes of another, you might function in anethnocentric state that limits the scopeof your reality map boundaries. In turn,this hinders your ability to lead in amultiethnic, diverse church.
Ethnocentrismis “when a person brought up in oneculture, having never seen orexperienced a different culture, believesthat his or her culture’s way of doingthings is the right way” (Law, 1993, p.4).
“But talk does not mean idle chatter.It means meaningful, productivedialogue to raise consciousness and leadto effective action and social change”(Tatum, B, 2006).
Think about it. Talk about it.“This mystery is that the Gentiles arefellow heirs, members of the same body,and partakers of the promise in ChristJesus through the gospel” (Eph 3:6ESV).
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ReferencesKraft, C. (2001). Culture, communication and Christianity. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.Law, E. (1993).The wolf shall dwell with the lamb. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press.Pocock, M. & Henriques, J. (2002). Cultural change and your church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.Weaver, G (1998). "Understanding and coping with cross-cultural adjustment stress." Simon & Schuster. retrieved September 26, 2011, from http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/iceberg.htm