POPULAR CULTURE AND CHRISTIANITY

Pop culture refers to activities or commercial products that reflect, are suited to or aimed at the taste of the general masses of people.

Pop culture is open to change and is dependent on the tastes of people, which differs from one generation to another. Technology also plays a role in influencing pop culture. Can remember you remember the age when baggy trousers and afros were in style, or when the Sony Walkman used to be the in thing?

Pop culture takes its relevance from the society and generation of the day. At the heart of pop culture are celebrities like artistes and athletes who usually have influence over large amounts of people. These people are fans and supporters who look up to them for the skills and abilities that they have, and how they use them.

These celebrities are constantly in the spotlight and give the appearance of seeming success. Who doesn’t want to be rich and famous or associated with success?

Now that I have gone and done all this talking about Pop culture, what does it have to do with Christianity? First of all, Christianity is not dependent on culture or people, but in an unchanging God. A God whose doctrines do not change because of societal pressures. As Jesus said in Mark 13:31 (ESV) “heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” This, for me, simplifies the unchanging nature of God’s word and love regardless of what is trending.

It also says in Romans 12:2 that “do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

That what’s differentiates them; pop culture is dependent on people, their changing desires and tastes while Christianity is dependent on God and His love for us.

However, based on our identity in Christ, who has said that we are the salt of the earth, a light of the world, a city set on a hill, we have a responsibility to use our God given talents, as various as they are to make use of some elements of pop culture to draw people to God just as Paul used an altar dedicated to an unknown god to preach to the Athenians.

As the parable of the talents teaches us, God expects us to use those talents not for our selfish reasons but that we may use them to become the fishers of men God wants us to be.

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