Culture is worship (cult).
cult: 1610–20; < L cultus habitation, tilling, refinement, worship, equiv. to cul-, var. s. of colere to inhabit, till, worship + -tus suffix of v. action.
culture: 1400–50; late ME: tilling, place tilled (< AF) < L cultūra. See cult, -ure .
Not that I get my truth from the Latin language, but etymologies can still be telling about what we humans believe. Culture is what results from cult, which is what we till and what tills us.
Is it possible to change worship without changing culture? Is it possible to evangelize without forming culture? The gospel, of Christ’s incarnation, death and resurrection to deliver us from this present evil age, takes the form of a culture because Christ and the Church are one spirit, as husband and wife are one flesh. When we hear talk of cultural Christianity, all we’re referring to is faithlessness and the idolatrous problems with that culture, not the problem of a Christian culture existing.
Israel was a people and a culture. God has made Gentiles part of her by being the true Israel for us, so that all in him might be redeemed as a people and as individuals.
For this reason, we should care about our culture. Dismantling idolatry involves cultural changes that far exceed what ‘culture war’ people might think of. When was the last time we thought about what the gospel implies about physical touch between parent and child? or the necessary modes of music? or division of church into age groups and of school into grades?
But we seem too tired to cultivate our culture out of the hearing of the word. Instead, we insist that the gospel is culturally neutral. But is it really?