Finding God in Pop Culture-Teen Choice Awards

 

FINDING GOD IN POP CULTURE?

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In 1st Corinthians 9:22, Paul said, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” I believe that it’s important for us as Jesus followers to adapt to our surroundings by using current events, movies, music and other pop references to make connections with those around us. These connections can then be used to reveal Godly principles to our friends and loved ones who wouldn’t otherwise listen.  Finding God in Pop Culture allows us to take a look at things around us in order to help us see and better understand the grace and message of God in this day and age.

 

Teen Choice Awards

Recently, my wife showed me a video of Ashton Kutcher accepting the Ultimate Choice Award– or “the old guy” award at this year’s Teen Choice Awards.  During this speech, the 35 year old actor avoided the usual acceptance speech cliché’s and used the opportunity to speak some profound truths into a generation.  While most people might not realize this, we as leaders should recognize the Biblical principles that were delivered on a sub-level during that speech.

 

His message had three points to it: First, he spoke of opportunity and immediately equated it with hard work. He spoke of all the small time jobs he had00290065-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_913e6ef8-b8d5-4f20-9d47-e99c063550a6_20130812141757_h_AP Images_864377702244 and how he never considered a job as beneath him.  This is a generation that lines up to become the next american idol but has no interest in lesser jobs that require service to others.  However, Jesus told us that “Whoever would be chief amongst us, let him be your servant.”Mt. 20:27  Jesus also told us that the “first shall be last and the last shall be first.”Mt 20:16 This can be seen in the what Ashton was saying that nothing in this world is owed to you.. If you want to succeed, you have to work hard, and for us Christians we should realize that God’s design for leadership doesn’t come through pure ambition, rather it comes through servanthood.

 

Ashton’s second point, lightly pointed out the importance of “being sexy.” However, he followed that by stating that the sexiest thing in the world in being smart and kind to others.  He finished that point by stating that everything else that is fed to this generation about looks, social status, etc. is all “crap.”  Proverbs 4:7 tells us ,”Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding. Seeking Godly wisdom is such a crucial thing in the life of the believer.

2905921539_7d0a4d50a5 However Paul tells us that we can understand every mystery and have all knowledge, but if we don’t have love, we are nothing.1 Cor.13:2 While we reach to better ourselves and grow stronger in the Lord, let us remember to use our strengths and knowledge to reach out and show kindness and compassion the world around us.  Through Christ, we are the light of the world. Shine brightly and let other’s see God’s love through you.

 

Finally, Ashton quoted the apple computer founder Steve Jobs in stating, “When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is..   But life can be a lot broader when you realize one simple thing: that everything that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. You can build your own things. You can build your own life. Build a life. Don’t live one. Build one.”

 

God is calling out a generation of leaders that are not moved by the world around them.  He is calling out a generation that will reach out and affect the world around them with the love, mercy and passion of Jesus Christ. Regardless of age, you are a part of that generation. Don’t just find yourself along for the ride in this life. Stand up and be a leader.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Tim 4:12 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2. 

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These are three simple truths that were presented from the unlikely source of the former”That 70′s Show” star Ashton Kutcher.  Now this writer is not stating that Ashton is, all around, a great role model or shining example of Christ. However, this situation serves as a perfect example of how one can look into the world around them to find elements of the culture that point back to the Bible.. Paul did this in Act 17:22-31 when he was speaking to the Grecians and used their popular religious elements as a gateway to speak of Christ. As we go throughout our lives and daily conversations, let us look to find elements in life to make a connection with our friends that can lead them to Christ.

 -Colt Straub

 

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