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Culture Wars: Sub-cultures struggle to remain significant.


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Multi-cultural is a term many people use when trying to define the perfect society.  Societies and governments advance practices and laws for the purpose of insuring that no minority is given a disadvantage, or majority is given an advantage.  Although the color of a people is thought to be the defining attribute, which separates cultures within a society, one must only go to any civil conflict anywhere in the world to find the opposing combatants are of the same race, or color.
Yes, it is easy to categorize a population by dividing it into percentages of black, white, yellow, and brown.  But how does one determine the intricacies of an all white, all black, or any other all color nation.  Are the different colors found in each of these societies labeled anomalies?   Besides, in most cases societies that divide up due to inherited appearances are further divided within these groups of color.
If we are to be honest about humanity, there are many other factors, which cause people to group together in their protective cells, or cultures.  This grouping together happens almost as naturally as the process of procreation.  Babies look much like their parents.  Babies are immediately immersed in the culture of their parents.  Even if parents of a different race adopt them, they are imprinted with the culture of those who have chosen to love them as their own progeny.
When people are divided, or categorized, it could be by race, color, creed, religion, or national origin.  Race and color can be assumed to be very closely related, if not the same.  Everything else can be placed under culture. It is the defining cultures, which cause divisions within societies.
Just because there are different cultures within a society, does not mean that it produces open conflict.  But most of the time these cultures are in conflict by the simple act of attempted conversion.  At the edges of a culture that touches another there is always the act of surrender.  This is where an adherent of one culture is convinced to denounce that culture and start to learn and practice another.  This activity accelerates until it produces what can be called ‘culture war’.  The price to be paid for losing is to become a note in history.  Such was the price that many Native American tribes paid.  Yes, many of these wars were ended by genocide.  But many cultures die when the children leave and the last elder dies.
There are many cultures in the United States.  Or, you can say there is one United States culture made up of many subcultures.  One person can be part of more than one subculture.  For example, one could have Latin roots and be a conservative Christian.  Or, one could be a Roman Catholic and be of German descent.  There can be many combinations.
The common thread between most subcultures is a view or commitment toward religion, or against religion.  The best way to determine a subculture is not by its statements.  It is by its practices.  Someone may claim to be Christian, but activities do not confirm it.
No matter how hard a society tries to be multi-cultural, it is almost impossible.  The reason for this is that it is the cultural practices, which give a people their identity.  And, as long as a subculture exists it will grate against other subcultures. 
Sub-cultural differences cause conflict.  This conflict can eventually drive the death of one.  The Christian community can lose their position within the culture of the United States if it does not continue to be an influence.In conclusion, Christians must continue to go about living their beliefs and convictions.  If they do not, they will not be more than a note in history.


  • Dee Dee Danneman 5 years ago

    Excellent article and it makes we wonder how many sub-cultures there are in Christianity ie: those walking the walk, talking the talk; those who are Sunday warriors, but Monday followers of the world; the embarrassed or the afraid; the fanatical...if the culture/sub-culture isn't defined ie: "visible" wherever you are and with whomever you are with, does it really exist at all? To even be remembered as a "note in history" may not happen (it's not guaranteed) especially if one goes out "quite and silent." We remember the Indians because of how fiercely they fought for their way of life and what they believed. Would we do the same?

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