By its very definition, pop culture is all around us. We cannot escape it: we are a part of it.
As Christians, though, we can either allow our culture to mold and shape us or we can mold and shape culture.
There are some who feel the Bible is out of touch with our modern, advanced culture and society. They believe certain passages can be ignored because, well, “In the 1st Century they were not as intelligent as we are today…” or something like that.
Another thought is that certain parts of the Bible were only intended for the original readers and so we can ignore those parts and do what culture tells us to do, since the prohibition/allocation was cultural to start with.
Both of these lines of reasoning are foolish. Hebrews 13:8 tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
What the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the New Testament to write in the first century was applicable in the first century AND in the twenty-first century...because God’s will does not change!
Over the next three Sunday mornings, we’re going to take a piece of culture (specifically dealing with the Christmas season) and make some spiritual applications from it.
What are we going to talk about? Well the first topic is on page two! (Sorry if you are reading this on the website...you'll have to look at the bulletin page: never mind - Pop Culture, Christmas and the Christian - Feed the World is the first lesson. The other two look at the movies "The Santa ClausE" and "The Polar Express" in that order, FYI.)