Yesterday was the beginning of the last week of the life of the Savior before he laid down his life as a sacrifice for sin and rose three days later to announce to the world that sin and death had been conquered. It is a a great time to remember the wonder of the gospel but also to reflect on the influences that are robbing the culture of the gospel message. The following three paragraphs are from a ministry that specializes in trying to reach Hollywood.
“The PEW RESEARCH CENTER’S FORUM on Religion and Public Life polled registrants for the Third Lausanne Congress to gain their perceptions of the most significant threats to the future of the evangelical movement. The top four perceived threats cited were the influence of secularism (71%), the influence of consumerism (67%), sex and violence in pop culture (59%), and the influence of Islam (47%).
Stunning by its absence on the list was the influence of media. Media influence is clearly behind the increase of secularism, the rise of consumerism, and the prevalence of sex and violence in pop culture–but these are more symptoms than causes. The often-invisible engine behind them is the body of people who control and program the media. It is the world view, values, and agendas of this relatively small group of media gatekeepers that create three of the top four biggest threats to the future of the Gospel and its carriers.
Unless the Church strikes at the heart of the problem by building bridges of love and trust with these gatekeepers to share the Good News, nothing will change. Changed lives equal changed content.”
[Source: Master Media. The Mediator, Spring 2012]
What are some ways that we can encourage our best and brightest young minds to make the transformation of Hollywood and the Arts for the glory of God, their life’s work?