Reading the Bible can quickly get complicated. I mean, which bits do you follow and do, and which bits are ignored as culturally irrelevant today. Because we ALL use culture to make these decisions sometimes.
Take a quick look at these:
For example - Leviticus 18:22, do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman. You get what that's talking about right? Is it literal, or for that culture?
Or this one - I Cor 11:14, If a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him.
And before you think culture is not important and we should do everything the Bible literally says - I Cor 16:20, Greet one another with a Holy Kiss. I lived in Italy, and the old men did this. Never in England though.
I chose these three as a fairly typical progression in todays conservative churches. The first one - "it is literal!" The second one could go either way. And the last generally ignored.
Now I'm not going into each scenario and debate it's relevance to today's culture. That is not the point of this post. I want to say here though - how do you decide what was relevant to then, and what in scripture transcends all time and culture? Because for even the most ardent conservatives, it is your culture that is making that determination. Perhaps not the secular culture around you, but the church culture you espouse.
And if you've made your way across the internet to this pastors blog site, you ought to be better than that.
So as you read the Bible, or better still - study the Bible, create rules/habits (a hermeneutic) that takes the Word of God you read, sees it in the original context, and applies it to the world we are called to serve today. We won't all agree on the results, but at least we'll move beyond just picking and choosing whatever we feel like.