My undergraduate work was in Theater and Performance. Most of you know that I'm an actor by training, and I love how music, theater, and film tell the story of our culture. Art truly is a reflection of our culture. It takes a look inside the heart of a society or mankind, and then it imitates what it sees. Very rarely do you find an artist that is so far away from culture, that their art is something that misses the mark of connection. They usually don't last very long.
One of the longest running cartoons in American History is the Simpsons . Now, no matter what you think about the morality, the crass way Bart addresses his parents, or the way it has shaped the way we do life; the Simpsons didn't become the #1 longest running show of all time because Christians decided not to watch it. (get it?)
I was flipping through the channels the other day, and saw a syndicated show they must have done years ago. It's the story of Bart and Homer as they befriend a Catholic priest. Marge goes to the diner with the protestant pastors, and she dreams what it must be like to go to heaven. Watch this.
So if art imitates what a culture knows or begins to see as truth, what do you think our culture thinks about Christians? Are we living a life that defines Jesus, "The world will know you are my disciples by your love for one another?" Or are we so intentional about our lust for rightness, that we've intentionally or un-intentionally created differing heavens.
I know there are real issues of understanding between Christians and how they interpret the Bible, but imagine the cosmic joke when we die and are absent from our bodies, and present with the Lord. Imagine what it's going to be like to look down the streets of gold and see your neighbors as all THOSE people you thought were so wrong.
I realize the need to continue pursuing truth.
I know truth is truth, and God gave us the Bible to discover truth.
I know we must be relentless in our pursuit of understanding what God said and what He meant when He gave us the scriptures.
But how does that play out in your daily life?
Are you excluding people from your sphere of influence because of common stereotypes?