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Jazzercise vs. Praisercise July 30, 2008

Posted by heldveld in Podcasts, Two Kingdoms.
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‘Why does Jazzercise need to become Praisercise? Why can’t ladies doing aerobic exercise just be ladies doing aerobic exercise’ (Alistair Begg, Kingdom of God Part B, 7/30/08, Truth for Life Pod cast)

I just subscribed to the ‘Truth for Life’ pod cast and the messages for 7/29 and 7/30 have dealt with the Kingdom if God. There was a lot of challenging teaching in these two messages and I’m hopeful that as I continue to listen, Pastor Begg’s messages will often be this edifying.

The quote above really caught my attention because it’s both poignant and humorous. Now I’ve always been kind of uncomfortable with ‘Christian’ versions of things secular (do we really need Testamints?). Now I think this comes from a couple of things. First, I don’t like to see Christ or Christianity being used as a marketing tool and secondly because the unbelieving world can see it as foolish, which sometimes it really is. The Bible teaches that our message of Christ is “a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” 1 Corinthians 1:23 (ESV) but that’s because fallen man needs God to save him through the work of the Holy Spirit not because people have made a mockery of it. Now that’s not to say that all Christian things are bad, I think contemporary Christian music can be good and Christian videos, like Veggie Tales, can be superior to much of the secular programming.

‘Why do we have to trivialize the sacred and marginalize our impact in the secular world?’ (ibid)

I have no ‘guilt’ over listening to secular music (not Harry Connick Jr. though), however I’ll admit I do filter it to some extent (using Lord’s name in vain, deliberate mocking of Jesus etc.). Talented musicians, singers and song writers are a gift from God, that all do not use it for his glory is a shame. We live in a fallen world and those are the facts. Do we really need to retreat into a ghetto or are we smart enough to listen and watch with a Christian mindset? Can we learn about the plight of the unregenerate without falling prey to his message? I think so but it is hard. We are depraved and the desire to sin is there for all Christians.

This means we should not jump into the secular world uncritically enjoying all it has to offer. First and foremost we need to make sure that our interaction with the secular does not cause use to sin. We also need to consider these things Biblically and think about their content in light of our Biblical knowledge. Here’s kind of an extreme example- most Christians if they read a book like ‘Open Letter to a Christian Nation’ by Sam Harris would not take all of its antichristian teaching as fact. In fact there have been some Christian responses to this book demonstrating how to examine what secular authors are saying (Letter from a Christian Citizen). Like I said that’s extreme as Harris is obviously out to attack Christianity, but what about typical prime time programming or the hottest summer film? I’ll leave that open. I’m really trying to learn how the Kingdom of God relates to the Kingdom of Man and what it means to be a Christian in both.

There is a link to the ‘Truth for Life’ website and pod cast under Audio/Podcast.