I am going to take a few blogs to talk about culture, Pop-culture, these blogs are part of a series I do in my youth ministries, it is one of my favorites, and students seem to really love it, and get a lot out of it. This first one is an intro, basically the message I would give the first week . . . more or less.
Now as Christians there are numerous ways to react to our culture today and in any age. Two of these reactions are the Duck and cover reactionist side, or the embrace with open arms and hearts radical side. Philippians 4:8-9 – “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Based on this passage how do you think we ought to react to our culture? Do you think we should be Reactionists: people who see how dirty and sinful our culture is and attack and run from it? Do you think we should be Radicals: people who embrace the culture and all that it is? Or do you think that just maybe we should take a moderate approach and filter through our culture know about it and interact with it. Use it as part of our gospel message, find the good in Pop-culture icons and expose the evil as well?
Read Acts 17:16-31 to see how Paul reacts to the culture he encounters. In my opinion Paul here demonstrates a proper reaction to a secular culture.
Since the points I make in the first message take so long I am going to split it up, and cover the ‘basics’ over the next few days.
How do you react, or interact with the culture you live in?