Don't feel like embracing today's pop culture?
Don't fret there are many more Christians out there who feel the same way. They want nothing to do with any part of today;s pop culture and all that it produces and they are happy to stay that way.
For them the words of Romans 12:2, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind." and other similar verses are God's warnings not to become enamored with the world in which they live because is they do they risk having their faith weakened or completely rent from their person.
While today's pop culture has certainly seemed to loose it's moral bearing it is not yet time to write off as to worldly. Over the centuries Christians have reached out and taken hold of popular culture and used it as a tool for God. Popular culture has even filtered into the church in many forms, like the music used for some of the church's most popular hymns.
What's happened over the last few decades is that instead of reaching out and taking control of the mainstream pop culture Christians have embraced their own pop culture fashioned after the pop culture of the world around them. The Christian pop culture takes the form of ‘Christian’ music, ‘Christian’ books, ‘Christian’ movies, 'Christian' tees, 'Christian' magazines, 'Christian' news and the list goes on and on.
Over the last few decades this pop culture has given Christians a 'safe' place where they could to be in the world but not of the 'worldly' pop culture. Jessica Morris in a recent article in Venn Magazine stated, "in embracing this culture; often to protect ourselves from the valid evils of Hollywood, we neglect popular culture."
Mainstream pop culture is not something to be feared or neglected by Christians but something to be embraced.
As Morris goes on to state in her article, "The church, made of us religious folk, is a part of popular culture because we live in a secular world. Due to this, we are mistaken if we believe God has given up Hollywood for dead, because we are a part of shaping it."
Embracing the current pop culture does not mean there must be a general acceptance of everything pop culture produces. As with every other aspect of life Christians must use discernment to filter out those aspects of pop culture which go against how God has called His follower to live. There are a lot of great 'non-Christian' movies, books, music and the list goes on and on if only Christians were to look.
Another aspect of embracing pop culture is the fact it is what God has called every Christian to do. Jesus did not say to those standing on the mountain top, "Go and create your own culture and within grow as a group of believers." No he said in Mark 16: 15 "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus also says we are the "salt" and the "light" of this world, while it is not a bad thing for Christians to have their own 'pop culture' we must still not ignore the fact God has called us to season the world with His love and teachings in order to light the way for others, so they may come to know of Him and learn to love and accept Him as their Savior.
The only way to do this is to get rid of the "us' and "them" mentality and learn to think, speak, and use our talents as God wanted us to, as tools to further his Kingdom. God has not abandoned pop culture Christians have pulled back from it. The time is now to take back pop culture.