The Importance Of Calvary Temple

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The first nineteen years of my life were developed through the lens of a single church/school. Through three weekly worship services, two prayer services, youth group, home-fellowship group, men’s breakfast, and school five days a week, my worldview matured. I have to stress that Calvary Temple was my world, it was my society, and much of who I am is because of that church. Of the 400+ members, 98% of the congregation consisted of white or African-Americans. The area is a highly educated and high-income society that regards Western values and morals as the pinnacle of “high-society”. A part of this value system was the reverence for punctuality. I was trained from a young age that a responsible man is always 10-minutes early, at the latest. It shows that you respect an individual by showing up at a respectable time. Arriving late is a sign of laziness and should be considered a immature lifestyle that is unfair to those around you. After leaving that church, I spent a few years jumping around between churches before settling down at an…show more content…
Chen and Starosta say that “Values tend to be the basis of all the decisions we make and provide standards for us to evaluate our own and others’ actions.” My high value of punctuality directly clashed with many other cultures value of flexible time, resulting in personal-resentment. Hesselgrave stresses the importance of time within a culture. “A culture’s view of time – past, present, and future – is exceedingly important as we will see.” I failed to see how my view of time could be anything but the correct view. I had to come to a place of humbleness. God showed me that I was in no position to question the intent of their actions. Who am I to judge these people as lazy or disrespectful based upon a different worldview and value of
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