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Were You There?

If you weren’t you should have been, for on April 26, the Rev. H. Hoeksema presented an excellent lecture on the calling of a Christian to culture.  If the Protestant Reformed people can be divided into three groups—the older group, the young married group, and the young people—only one group warrants commendation while the other two definitely demand reprehension.  Out of a good sized crowd, the majority of the people were of the older generation while the other two groups composed only a puny handful.  I think the question that arose to nearly everyone’s lips was quite pertinent, “WHERE WERE THE YOUNG PEOPLE?”  Surely, the lecture was announced far enough in advance for everyone to keep the date open.  Why then were so few there?  One would tend to think that they were not interested in the subject of culture if it weren’t for the fact that the contrary is quite evident from conversations and discussions.

Nearly everyone—that is, everyone who is thinking about this as he should be—is faced with the question of how we as children of God can serve Him through culture.  Must we read the classics, attend symphonies, and enjoy the paintings in order to be considered participants of culture?  Popularly, one would answer yes, but culture was defined by Rev. Hoeksema as that labor of man that is bestowed upon the entire earthly creation, man included, for the purpose of delving out all the hidden treasures of the earth to serve man and God thru man.  Therefore, even if one does not greatly appreciate the arts he still can definitely exercise his calling to culture.  Everything that man does is culture, all his work, and this must all be done to the glory of God.

There are some spheres of life in which the Christian will have little or no success, but that still does not release him from his calling to witness and work in those spheres also.  As the anti-Christian kingdom gains in power, those spheres of life in which we will have no effect will continue to increase more and more until we are virtually powerless in the world.

Only when we finally reach the “new creation” will we be able to practice culture in perfection.  What type of culture there will be is not known, but we certainly will work in joy and perfection to the eternal glory of our God.