How do we relate to our culture(s) as Christians?

Through faith one must ‘depart’ from one’s culture because the ultimate allegiance is given to God and God’s Messiah who transcend every culture…The proper distance from a culture does not take Christians out of that culture.  Christians are not the insiders who have taken flight to a new ‘Christian culture’ and become outsiders to their own culture; rather when they have responded to the call of the Gospel they have stepped, as it were, with one foot outside their own culture while the other remaining firmly planted in it.  They are distant, and yet they belong.  Their difference is internal to the culture. 

-Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace

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