Through what he made directly in creation, God leaves clues about his power. But he doesn’t stop there. He continues to cultivate in us an awareness of his person through the things he creates indirectly, i.e. through people as demonstrated in human culture––art, community, science, traditions, mores, and more.
“The human race as a whole has the image of God in a collective sense—so that the rich diversity of cultures on the face of the earth shows forth the splendor of God in a way that no individual or group does alone,” says Richard Mouw.
Someone defined the term “culture” as “the cultivation of the soul.” We can see how the Creator leaves snapshots of himself in our cultures in order to “cultivate our soul,” and to dispose that soul toward himself.
– Originally published in Reaching Rahab: Joining God In His Quest For Friends