The Holy Spirit lives in those of us who have been reconciled by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Those of us who are invited into and adopted as sons and daughters of the living God have received our new but old identity as ambassadors.
He gives us all we need to be who we are. This is it what it means to human.
What does this ambassadorship look like?
We create culture.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
(Genesis 1:26-28 ESV)
This is the cultural mandate. Created in the image of God and commanded to “subdue and have dominion”, this is our mandate.
There two sides to this mandate. The first is how are we doing as culture makers? How are we, who are called by the name of God, doing at creating?
The second is how are doing at critiquing and engaging culture?
The next two posts will address these issues.