Contrary to popular beliefs – I do not believe that Jesus Christ has left modern society to its own devices. As our resurrected Saviour, His Spirit is actively working in popular culture to engage waiting hearts in eternal truth. Jesus has not abandoned this world but He is actively working within it to stir “eternity in the hearts” of many to see Him in all of His glory.
In fact there are Jesus sightings every day. The truth is that Jesus Christ is alive and well!
Revelation 1: 18 boldly declare His words; “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
There are Jesus sightings on a daily bases – from the movie screen to the TV screen – from top 40 songs to the latest pop video – from west end musicals to TV Commercials. People are seeing Jesus everywhere. The reason is that He is alive forever and ever and He is standing in plain view daring us to see Him and engage with Him.
- Within our own religious minds we think that we have confined Jesus to our church services.
- We think we can contain Him in our religious constructs.
- We try and limit His influence to our understanding of church and our theology.
Jesus and popular culture:
In fact Jesus Christ is much bigger, more influential and far more pervasive than any of our Sunday services. Jesus loves Mondays! Jesus loves hanging out with common folk.
Jesus soooooo loves the world He refuses to be held captive by our religious structures and experiences.
Instead of being contained by our Sunday services He loves to break out of the 4 walls of our church buildings. He loves to invade the personal space of others on Tuesdays through to Saturdays!! He continues to be controversial, hanging out with people we wouldn’t want to hang out with.
He’s as scandalous today as He was 2,000 years ago and challenges us to connect with people everywhere; even outside the local church! He came into the world not to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.
Jim Johnson, Senior Pastor of Preston Trial Community Church in Texas says this: “We believe that in the expressions of our culture—music, film, books, TV—we can hear the heart cry of people asking the deep questions of life. When we acknowledge these sentiments and let them be heard in our weekend services, we create connection points with seekers that enable us then to speak God’s words of truth into their lives.”
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Would love to hear your comments. Tom