Leader urges officials to foster society’s cultural foundations
Ha Noi — The primary objective of the publicity and education sector in 2012 was to serve the country’s socio-economic development and Party building activities, and foster culture as a spiritual foundation of the Vietnamese society, said Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. (Vietnam News Agency 08-Feb-2012)
I love Vietnamese culture. I love the food, the dress, the music, the art, regional variations and rich history. But as much as I love Vietnamese culture, I simply couldn’t let the quote above go without commenting.
The only appropriate choice for a “spiritual foundation” for any society or any person is the foundation found in Jesus Christ. No matter how good our culture might be, we cannot depend on it as our foundation. Jesus addressed this same issue with Nicodemus.
Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 HCSB
Please join us in praying for the peoples of Vietnam. Pray that they will not trust in their birth as Vietnamese. Pray that they will not trust in the depth of their culture. Pray that they will be born again, forsaking everything else as foundation to rely on Christ alone.