Ken Myers, of Mars Hill Audio, is a great gift to the church today. He’s able to stand outside our contemporary culture (and church culture) and, with a view toward history, see it in context and provide a critique that hits the target. His book, All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes, originally published in 1989, is part of the Board education program and has had a shaping influence on Mars Hill’s understanding of the challenges of living faithfully in the midst of contemporary culture.
In the introduction to his book, he says, “The challenge of living with popular culture may well be as serious for modern Christians as persecution and plagues were for the saints of earlier centuries.” This might seem strange upon first hearing it. How could living with pop music, TV, and Netflix be more of a serious threat than lions in an arena? I’m convinced he’s right and if you’re not so sure, buy the book and consider his argument for yourself.
Myers wrote an essay entitled, “Christian Faithfulness in a Disordered Culture”. In it, he not only helps you to see some of the disorder but he also challenges the church to be “against the world, for the world”. He notes that Christianity is fundamentally not a private faith but a public faith, beginning with the proclamation that Jesus is Lord of Heaven and Earth. He talks about how the early church wasn’t seeking to transform the disorders of the Roman Empire but to build their own distinctively Christian culture and let that be the leaven that gradually changed the wider culture. Myers believes that we should be about the same thing today.
Here’s a link to this essay. It’s a little long and dense at points but persevere to the end, spend some time thinking about it, and you’ll be rewarded for your effort.