His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV
My finite human mind finds it difficult to comprehend the breadth, depth, and reach of our great God. No matter who we are, he formed us. No matter where we go, he is there. No matter which culture we exist in, his truth transcends.
As Christians, we retain the privilege of connecting with people from all over the world as brothers and sisters in Christ. The challenges we each face may be different, but our God remains the same.
On a recent trip back to South Africa, where I grew up, I remembered how biblical truth transcends culture. First, I sat in church hearing how the Bible informs our dealings with political figures. Even though political systems differ and leaders change, this truth applies to all systems. Later, I engaged with a family friend about a complicated family issue; we focused together on God’s provision in all circumstances. Another night, I sat with friends, discussing different musical worship styles. As a group, we sought to understand scriptural standards rather than preferences. In each of these instances, I left thankful for the universality of God’s truth.
ABH President, Fran Geiger Joslin, recently reflected on the June book drop in Tanzania. She discussed the cultural differences she and co-leaders observed while teaching a marriage conference and the importance of arriving to teach armed with biblical standards for marriage. Fran and the team showed pastors and their wives the beauty of marriage as God, the designer, intended, applicable in any culture.
I may never understand the infinite knowledge and righteousness of God, but I see these characteristics when I interact with Christians from different cultures and we relate because we live under the same truth.
Today I give thanks for God’s absolute truth, unbound by culture.