4Then a herald cried aloud: “To you, it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,
5that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up;
6and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
In other words, the instruction from Nebuchadnezzar was, we don’t want you to think about it, we are conditioning you. Just beginning to act in a certain way we want, begin to drink heavily, begin to be violent, begin to be unfaithful to your spouse etc.
Classic conditioning started way back and for thousands of years it evolved until now.
I was born in one of the poorest provinces in Zimbabwe, one of the developing countries in Africa. For me, it was worse because I lost my mother at a tender age of nine and I never got a chance of knowing my father, he had divorced with mum and eventually died when I was six years old. I grew up in a culture, in which it was normal for us not to have money at the end of the month. So, we knew how to have more months than money, as opposed to my desire of having more money than months. In the process of time, I got born again and the teaching I got from my Pastors was transformational. I learnt that I didn’t have to die in a situation I was born into. I managed to study and secure a job at a local bank. Now I had a salary, still I didn’t have money at the end of the month. I couldn’t even have a clear audit trail of how my money would have vanished. My money could not just work wonders for me as I grew up imagining.
So, I discovered that in my struggle to break free from this systematic poverty, there was a sticky glue that could not allow me to break out easily, and that was culture, Infact , poverty culture.
What is culture?
It is a force that causes you to conform to prevailing expectations of you, to fully embrace traditions, morals, and conditioning.
You have to understand that cultures operates in systems, so we cannot have one culture because we have many systems. We have, for example, drug culture, hip-hop culture, organizational etc.
Back to my story in systematic poverty, we grew up expecting to receive help from USAID, World Vision and many other donors and just playing a victim all the time. So, that didn’t change even when I got the job. The mindset of just expecting to receive and never to give, was still there. But now through the truth from the word of God I’m learning to give not just to receive, and my life is changing, and I’m having more doors opening. Infact I recently opened a microfinance institution, got married and have a 1-year-old baby.
Now, we now know that there is a force bent on controlling you and me and eventually, your destiny, I’m sure we are now on the same page. Whether explicitly or implicitly, mind controlling systems are at work every day.
Cultures are driven by propaganda, lies and conspiracy theories.
That’s the travesty of social media, other people’s opinions are being pushed down our throats every day and some of them we clearly sense that something is wrong with them, but for some reason we ignore that 6th sense. We suppress that internal dialogue and connect to that outside force.
Recently, we had the Jadha Pinket proverbial entanglement theory flown over the social media. I don’t know what you call it in your culture. We have COVID-19 theories and so much more.
Fortunately or unfortunately, cultures are inherited through socialization and education. Many times we allow certain opinions to be duplicated over and over again even throughout decades of years without being interrupted and questioned at a scholastic and intelligent level. Anyway, why do we have the mind? Think about it!
Jesus Christ came into the world, and he used parables to train people to think critically, not to just follow cultures blindly.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything.
Obeying the dictates of culture, which are against the word of God causes us to lose the saltiness.
As Christians, we shouldn’t just follow cultures blindly, we are the moral and ethic agents but if we lose our saltiness and conform, what is there left except just another useless religion. We represent a kingdom culture which is of freedom and liberty. The cultures of this world brings with them, oppression and bondage
So as we continue to bring salvation to people we extrapolate people from those toxic cultures and bring them into the kingdom of God and align them to their purposes and calls from God.
Jesus Christ said in John 15 : 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world; therefore the world hates you.
This implies that once you resist prevailing mindsets, prepare to be a misfit.
Check Daniel 3vs 6
and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
So, just expect that fiery furnace, but God will be with you and names like rebellious, unpatriotic, lunatic,old-fashioned and many big words will be associated with you if you resist prevailing mindsets
Great revolutionaries like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King were rejected in their time of fighting, but look at the impact.
Look at Nelson Mandela’s victory over toxic apartheid culture. In 1995, one year after he was named the first black president of South Africa, Mandela attended a Springboks match. As a former amateur boxer, he appreciated the spirit of competition and the camaraderie that developed among teammates, coaches, and their fans.
Yet, as Mandela glanced around the stadium, he noticed that most of the patrons were white, while the few black spectators were hemmed into their own, separate area, cheering vociferously against their country.
This, Mandela knew, had to change. South Africa was the host of the cup later that year, and he wanted his country to be a harmonious presence on the national sports stage.
Over the months that followed, he met with the Springboks players and their coaches and developed a relationship with them. He worked tirelessly to break down barriers among his black supporters, convincing them the Springboks’ motto of “One Team, One Country” could legitimately apply to all of them, not a handful of the elites.
The success of the Springboks galvanized South Africa. And, when they made it to the finals of the World Cup against New Zealand, Nelson Mandela chose that moment to appear in one of the team’s trademark jerseys.
In doing so, he stunned both his loyal followers, who were so conditioned to hate the jersey, and his onetime detractors, who had been so conditioned to hate the man now wearing the jersey.
By the time Mandela left the stadium, his South African Springboks 15-12 victors in a major upset, the crowd of more than 60,000, both whites and blacks alike, stood and chanted, in unison: “Nelson, Nelson, Nelson!”.
We now need to start influencing broken cultures. It’s not easy, but it has to be done.
Look at this quote from Carter G. Woodson, he said,
“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.”
Praying that you will have strength from Jesus Christ, to break free from mind controlling cultures.
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