An Introduction to the Pop Culture vs. The Bible Blog Series
Pop Culture vs. The Bible is a series I began shortly after starting my blog in 2009. The idea to write about the contrasts between Biblical teachings and world teachings took root in me and it has grown and defined my writing style. What struck me early on in my walk, was that some things that had seemed okay to me before I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ were not able to stand up to the Word of God – meaning I was no longer cable of justifying my wrong thinking any more. As I have become more and more aware of that, popular culture has become less and less influential in my life.
The deeper I go into my Biblical studies the more intolerant I become of the messages presented in popular culture. By and large, the messages are presented for entertainment purposes, but they are either blatantly or subtly misrepresenting the Word of God. Whether you want to believe and acknowledge it or not, entertainment culture in the United States of America (and other countries) is greatly influenced by the Bible. The entertainers or public figures may pull from Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc. practices and teachings, but they aren’t necessarily pulling from the Bible or the Spirit through which it was written.
So, our culture is saturated with innumerable man-adjusted illustrations, images, and suppositions about Biblical teachings which contribute to widespread sinful behavior. But because it’s so pervasive, prevalent, and popular it’s taken as the norm, as harmless, as something to aspire to.
My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children. The more priests there are, the more they sin against me. They have exchanged the glory of God for the shame of idols. ~ Hosea 4:6-7 NLT
Don’t perish. Preach Jesus!
The seed of the Pop Culture v. The Bible blog series is: instead of preaching fire and brimstone to God’s errant children, preach Jesus. Inform the people why the worldly things they honor and cherish (i.e. money, sex, celebrity/fame, power, endless consumption, etc.) are wrong and show them what is right. Show them Jesus. With knowledge, with exposure to God, the Holy Spirit will do the rest.
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:3-5 NLT
My first Pop Culture vs. The Bible post explored some of my thoughts about Michael Jackson following his death in June 2009. Prior to his death, I couldn’t decide what to think of him. Following his death, as I listened to the music he left behind, I came to the conclusion that his work was able to stand up to the Word of God. The love he begged his audience to show each other was derived from the love that carried Jesus on the cross. While writing Pop Culture Messiah, I was able to dig deeper than the surface feelings and tabloid images and find treasure in the mire of pop culture.
I hope you are able to find treasure from the work of my hands. And I hope you get more than enough to share with others.
Be blessed and be a blessing in all you do.