The slippery slope of popular culture
By Kyle Patterson
Public opinion is always changing. What’s popular today is dead tomorrow. What’s big today will be a has been tomorrow. As people our opinions of what’s in and what’s out are a slippery slope. We are ever changing in our interests and pursuits, therefore we need hope in One who is unchanging.
Paul the apostle warned about this type of thing when he wrote the Ephesian church in modern day Asia. He was concerned that they were being blown back and forth by every wind of philosophy and teaching and following the latest fads, when they should have been rooted and grounded in the truth of the gospel. New teachers were twisting the truth of the gospel Paul preached and sending them in a tailspin.
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.” Ephesians 4:14
Paul described this kind of back and forth, to and fro, following the popular waves of culture, childish.
Jesus likewise taught and experienced this. One minute the crowds loved him, the next they crucified him. He understood the sinking sand of building our lives around anyone or anything but God alone. He taught us two ways to build our lives, one on the sand, another on the rock. The rock was immovable to the storms of life. The one built on sand fell with a great crash. It couldn't be recovered. Likewise for you and me, are we building your life on a foundation that will fall when the storms of life rise, or are you building it on one that is unshakable in the midst of the storms of life? Are you building it on Christ? To build our lives on Christ means to center your heart, your affections, your time, your money, your talents to the glory of God. When we get a hold of all he did for us at the cross, making the necessary adjustments to our life to build on him is the most reasonable request.
Paul urged the believers to grow up in the grace of God, not the latest fad or the latest trend. Following popular culture is a slippery slope and an ever changing game of cat and mouse. But the message of the gospel is eternal and it’s the only thing that’s worth staking our lives and hopes on. Staying informed of what's happening in our world is good, but being rooted and grounded in the word and grace of God is even better. So read the news, be informed, stay educated, but most importantly ground yourself in the eternal truth of Scripture. For as Paul wrote to Timothy, For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.