What Exactly IS around the Riverbend?

Pocohontas does a great job of reminding people that there is more to the world than what we think we know. I think that’s a huge struggle for Christians. Because we know "Eternal Truths" we know it all. My challenge, however, is that we don’t know it all. As a matter of fact, I think Christianity can do a lot to limit our knowledge of things. It’s our own fault too. Christians have a tendency to place themselves in a bubble, cut themselves off from the world, and try to engage the world from their "bubble." For those of you who have ever seen The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, you know it’s impossible. Jesus tells his followers to be in the world, but not of it. What exactly does that mean? How do we minister to a world where we have no idea what is going on, because we’ve detached ourselves? How can we counteract what the world is telling people when we have never heard what the world is saying? How do we stop ourselves from becoming immersed in the world when we are exploring it? I think it comes down to a lot of accountability and self-discipline. As a person studying to work with youth, it’s important to know what the music and media they engage in, are teaching them. I think it means researching, and from time to time engaging in some of the things they engage in. If it becomes an issue, stop engaging. For me, however, sitting down with my brother (who is not saved), and watching an episode of Family Guy, is harmless. I’m not only learning what the world is teaching him, but also seeing how he interacts with it, what he finds funny, and what angers him. I see that as an opportunity to spend time with my brother, and it opens up avenues for conversation. My thoughts are that we need to engage with the world. Find out what the people you are connecting with are watching, hearing, seeing. Join a group of work friends as they watch an episode of Family Guy, 24, CSI, whatever, and use that for conversations. It gives great insight into understanding how they see and interpret the world, and opens great avenues for good conversations.

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