Okay guys I have a confession to make, I love pop culture. Movies, television, video games, sports, books, and music are all things that I really enjoy in my spare time. However since much of our popular culture doesn’t honor God I cannot embrace it completely. This results in having to evaluate media using Scripture which to be honest is hard because the Bible doesn’t say “thou shalt not watch basketball when the players are focusing attention on themselves.”
So how do we respond to parts of the culture that fit into “gray areas” (not directly prohibited in Scripture but don’t draw us closer to God either)? One website I recently found www.christandpopculture.com goes a long way towards answering those hard questions.
The site is created to address areas such as films, Games, Music, Politics, Television, and Sports (my favorite) from a uniquely Christian perspective. You probably won’t agree with all the opinions of each writer (I definitely don’t) but sites that discuss popular culture in a deep way are desperately needed. I especially appreciate the fact that the writers for this site are experts or have lots of experience in their field along with a strong foundation of Biblical truth. Websites such as christandpopculture.com equip us to use conversations about these popular subjects as opportunities to share the Gospel.
There are a number of fascinating articles on the site but wanted to list a few of my favorites, pray they can help you think about our culture from a Biblical viewpoint and ask hard questions just like they did for me.
1. Is Sports Fandom a Bastion for Hatred: Asks why hatred of other teams or players is such a vital part of sports, and how we should respond to that as Christians
2. A Facebook Game about Jesus Made Me Look Like a Silly Christian: The effects of Christianity becoming a series of bumper sticker messages on your facebook timeline
3. Penny Plays Halo: Post by a self-professed knitting girls-girl in answer to a recent article written on the connection of video games with pornography (I agree with that article by the way). She points out that games in moderation can be used as an outlet for imagination and connection.