Using Pop Culture to Reach People
- Friday, May 20, 2011
This is important, Blackaby says, because people are hesitant to talk about God, but they will discuss movies and music with almost anyone. The Inception example is an illustration of one way we can engage people in conversations and steer them toward the Gospel. Our greatest example—Jesus—did this when He used parables.
Blackaby does caution Christians to use discernment when interacting with what pop culture has to offer. “There are obviously certain things we should not watch, listen to, or entertain with our thoughts,” he said. “And, we all need to be mindful that this stuff can have intense power over our own minds (as discussed earlier in this article).”
In order for us to have a critical ear or eye while we’re taking in secular entertainment, we need to have biblical knowledge. Otherwise, we have no point of reference for the way we think about what we’re seeing or hearing.
Blackaby explains it is important for us to be aware of what we are putting into our own minds. “It’s impossible to watch television shows for hours upon hours all week, spend five minutes a day reading the Bible, and then expect to have a discerning heart about matters of pop culture,” he explains. “We can’t have godly relationships or be Christian leaders in our own homes if we fill our minds with the untruths of popular culture and not with the Word of God.”
Surviving the “Collisions”
While it seems as though we’re losing champions of the faith with each passing generation, Blackaby is still hopeful that this generation of young Christians will stand up in boldness.
“I believe this particular generation can make a huge difference in this world. I think both the secular world and the Christian world—alike—often times will put limitations on generations. They feed us MTV and other tools of pop culture that oppose our worldview, because they think that’s all we want.”
Along with challenging readers of his upcoming book release to have higher standards regarding their heart and mind input, he is excited about something else this message could bring about: God’s people can use one of Satan’s most powerful tools of destruction—pop culture—to infiltrate the world. Why not beat him at his own game?
“When we start to engage the world using pop culture as a tool (without being influenced by it), exciting things start to happen. And when those things start to happen, we can turn one of Satan’s weapons of destruction against him. It’s amazing when we recognize how little power he can wield over us when we engage in the appropriate ways.”
Mike Blackaby is among the third generation of Blackabys to speak about Christ to their peers. He is the grandson of Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God, and the son of Richard Blackaby, who co-authored Spiritual Leadership with Henry. Mike is the college and young adult pastor at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Georgia.
Joy Allmond is a writer for billygraham.org. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two step sons and two dogs. In her very little spare time, she can be found concocting her latest culinary masterpiece, watching college basketball or buried in a book. She is working on her Master's degree in Biblical Studies at Southern Evangelical Seminary.
Publication date: May 20, 2011
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