Light and Dark in Pop Culture: Insight from the unlikeliest of places

7 thoughts on “Light and Dark in Pop Culture: Insight from the unlikeliest of places”

  1. when I was a young girl there was a show that came on kungfu .oh how HE used that show ever week to show me about peace. i loved that show.it was what i could receive at the time.

  2. For a Christian, being grounded in the Word of God and walking closely with Jesus, lays the foundation for God to use all experiences of life to reveal Himself to us instead of being negatively inpacted by them. Also, to be able to effectively communicate God’s truth to non-believers, we need to be culturally aware so we can identify with them while still retaining the positive things that God has done in us instead of being conformed to culture in a negative way.

  3. Some of my favorite movies are entertaining and well-written, with a deep, heartbreaking message of redemption (The Visitor being a recent example).

    I wish “Christian” movie-makers would focus less on making overtly Christian movies (which can sometimes keep away people who are “gun-shy”) and focus more on making high-quality films that draw viewers in and wreck their heart.

  4. I agree with you completely Naomi. It’s a complete shame that many movie-makers, writers, and singers decide to stay within the Christian subculture with the easy answers and the happy-go-lucky messages where nothing is ever wrong. There are definately Christians in media today, but many of them don’t necessarily advertise it. My professor said that the makers of The Exercism of Emily Rose are Christians. I don’t like horror so I’ll never know, but I guess the Christian worldview comes through in the film. There are also bands that I’ve listened to where their lyrics have a distinctly Christian message, but they’re not a “Christian” band.

    It’s only been in the past fifty years or so that we’ve created this “Christian subculture” to protect ourselves and our youth from the bad influences of the rest of the culture. I definately fall prey to that as I would prefer my young niece and nephew to listen to some of the Christian bands over some of the others. It’s just sad that some of the greats of today- writers and artisans- won’t reach nearly as many people because the “Christian” label has become nearly synonymous with poor-quality and cheesy.

    I was just discussing this the other day with my brother (the other one- not the one who posted). Not too many years ago those who represented Christianity were incredibly well educated and produced quality work- people like C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Dorthy L. Sayers to name a few. They produced quality work that had a Christian worldview but didn’t was also entertaining. Something has shifted and I really hope and pray that it will shift back.

  5. I could agree with you more heartily, Megan. God has used many unexpected forms of media to communicate through the years. If he could use an ass (like Balaam’s), he certainly can use film and internet and other media of twenty-first century vintage.

    In Augustine’s Confessions, he outlines his journey to Christ and includes his reading of Platonists, who were not at Christian at all, but in fact preceded Christ. From them, God spoke the truth of His “Word” becoming flesh and many other truths which would make much more sense when he was eventually fully convinced of the Bible and the life of Christ.

  6. Very interesting article, Megan! God’s ways are indeed higher than ours and He does work in mysterious ways. We do ourselves a disservice when we attempt to limit Him in ways He speaks to us, but His Word is definitely an excellent source! 🙂

  7. I went through a season when I just could not read my bible. I could no longer tell what was truth and what was tradition. God used NPR to minister to my achy breaky heart. Soon enough I worked my way back to the Word and, hopefully, with a little more discernment between truth and tradition, but with the power of tradition/teaching there is always truth to be uncovered.

    I read somewhere that God uses whatever means necessary when there is a message to get out (think talking jackass) and if the Christians won’t get the message out God sends the message through another means (talking jackass might work here, too).

    Dana Gioia (chair of NEA for the past 6 years) shared insights during a recent visit to Dallas. You can hear his talk for free at http://www.pcpcartsfestival.org (under some tab or another). He spoke of the power of story and threw in a bit of theory on the difference between protestant and catholic story telling styles. It would be worth a listen.

    (I felt guilty for spending the past three years in my favorite “sacred” place, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. I walk through the doors and I FEEL God regardless of what is hanging on the walls. This was my secret until I heard Michael Auping share that the museum had been designed along the lines of old churches with the little rooms for meditation, prayer and dead saints and that the architect, Tadao Ando, before designing the MAMFW built churches. I don’t know what Michael or Tadao believe, but I know that God is in that place, and sometimes more so than in the buildings we call churches, and whatever they believe God’s voice is loud in that place.)

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