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What is your pop culture syllabus?

Do you know who Katie Perry, Eminem, and the Far East Movement are? Are you up on the twilight saga and bieber fever? Do you know who stieg larson and Chelsea Handler are? I bet you know who Oprah & Bono are.

These are a small sampling of the musicians, actors, and authors whose influence is permeating the 21st century American landscape with pseudo-prophetic prowess. Lady Gaga has 6.9 million twitter followers. Do get what that means? At any point she wants, she can speak to 6.9 million people. As often as she wants. Politicians pay hundreds of millions for that kind of an audience.

No, I am not about to say these people are all “the devil” or PCUSA or something crazy like that. I’m wanting to remind us not to turn a deaf ear to the voices shaping our culture & the worldviews within it. Postmodernism, Secular Humanism, and a host of other philosophies disguise themselves as tolerance and then parade through our living rooms in 30 min-1hr segments every night from 7 to 10pm on our TV screens. They appear in scenes and characters in all of our fiction and non-fiction books as well. Why is all of this important?

How can we contextualize the gospel if we don’t know our context? The classic example of this is Paul in Acts 17 where he learned the spiritual climate of athens and then spoke the gospel in terms that connected with them. We must do the same in our culture.

Is the answer to watch TV 3 hours a night? Read the top 10 NY best sellers each week? No way. This is where I’d like to hear from you. I think its wise to use your time in a way that honors God and truthfully I’m one of those “TV is a drug and you are probably addicted to it” kind of guys. I think you need to consider yourself a perpetual student of pop culture. So the big question is: WHAT IS YOUR POP CULTURE SYLLABUS? I know some guys who get Entertainment Weekly to do this. Others who watch popular tv shows on HULU like crazy. Guys read book summaries from trustworthy sources and read USA Today on their iPads.

What is your pop culture syllabus right now?

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  1. November 1, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Great stuff Spence! I’m gonna steal your quote: “How can we contextualize the gospel if we don’t know our context?” Love it!!

    • spenceshelton
      November 1, 2010 at 10:52 am

      Thanks Alan!

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