In God’s creating work, He set mankind apart from the rest of creation by making us in His image (Gen. 1:26-27). Mankind was meant to reflect God in His creation. In setting mankind apart as His image-bearers, God shared some of His attributes with mankind. He made us spiritual, personal, rational, emotional, creative, moral, etc. As a result, God’s fingerprints are clearly seen in humanity.
Although man was created in God’s image, he was never meant to be a little god, or, as Satan put it, “like God” (Gen. 3:5). Even in the Garden of Eden man was created to be ever dependent on God and His word (Gen. 1-3). Furthermore, God had perfect fellowship with man in the Garden prior to the Fall. Humans were meant to enjoy God forever in a wonderful, sinless world. But man sinned.
Since the Fall of man into sin, humans need God’s word even more due to the darkness of sin infecting all creation (Gen. 3). Thus, as Christians interact with culture, they must understand this world in light of God’s truth, being willing to compare and contrast all they see with the word of God. All forms of popular culture (story/media) either reveal God’s glory by agreeing with God’s word or hide God’s glory by telling lies. All forms of popular culture makes truth claims. The authors, singers, characters, directors, etc. are always arguing a point, perspective or truth-claim, and their arguments either agree or disagree with God’s word. Christians must test all things, keeping what is true, trashing what is false, while constantly unveiling where these authors reveal they live in God’s world.
In God’s world, all truth is God’s truth and all lies are the devil’s lies. Christians know the Who and the Why behind the truth presented by God’s image-bearers. We know our Creator intimately through Scripture and through Jesus Christ. The world knows our Creator as well through creation and conscience, but they often suppress this truth (John 1:3-4; Rom. 1). Because all humans possess some knowledge of God, Christians must engage popular culture and the rest of the world for the purpose of recognizing God’s fingerprints. As we recognize God’s fingerprints, we will be on our knees worshiping the Triune God who gave His only Son to redeem sinners and sinful creation (Rom. 8:19-23). We will enjoy popular culture–not for the purpose of enjoying media/stores–but on the contrary, for the purpose of enjoying God through enjoying popular culture.
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