There is an ever increasing focus on taking worldly things and using them to create lessons to teach people about spiritual things. This is very prevalent in the area of movies. Periodically, I get emails from ministry websites that will have an outline and teaching lessons from a popular movie to share with your Sabbath or Sunday School. The thought is since they are already into these things, we might as well use it to teach valuable lessons.
The rationale is on being relevant to those around us to draw them to Christ. Apparently, being relevant in the Christian world has become more defined as being into the culture of this world. This is where Christians are getting things really wrong.
The argument is always that Jesus met people where they were and therefor so should we. I definitely do not disagree with this premise. We must be more like Jesus. But here is where the confusion starts. Somehow the idea of being relevant is to take part in the culture of our day… to absorb it into our eyes and ears and make it a part of our lives… which is something Jesus did not do. Think about it very carefully. Jesus dined with sinners, but did not partake in the consumption of sin. If He did, show me and I will change my stance on this.
I gave up on watching shows like SNL. I really love laughing and everyone that knows me well understands that. What I don’t like laughing at is disrespectful behavior towards others, making a mockery of someone in public, or encouraging immoral behavior. And the morality of SNL has deeply declined in years (not that it was ever sky high). It just took me a while to stop my eyes from wanting to watch it, because underneath my skin is a nature of sin that wants to dive in.
This is not the only show on TV I have banned from my eyes and it won’t be the last one. I remember when I became a Christian I was still listening to the music I had surrounded myself with before Christ. Only after a year or so into my walk with Christ did I recognize that what is not good for my soul is not to be taken in with pleasure from my eyes and ears.
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23
Absorbing behavior through entertainment that is contrary to the Christian walk is how we let our guard down and make sin less impactful. Then we become numb to sin. How is that being relevant in a way that draws people to Christ? Why would we encourage taking in that which is not of God in order to teach about God? We are not being relevant this way. We are being irresponsible.
If we want a clear picture of how it is to be relevant to people to draw them towards Christ, then we look no further than Jesus Himself. His words were the words of life. What He brought to people was the unconditional love and untainted motives. He brought salvation through touch, through words, through genuine care for God’s people.