Love for God
LifeWay is great as a bookstore and a company that provides curriculum for small groups and Sunday School classes. It is good at supplying magazines for parents, senior adults, college students, teenagers, and housewives but I do believe they are missing something….a magazine for men. Now Homelife is a good magazine but it is designed mainly for women. I read a letter in a past issue of Homelife that sparked this post. A person wrote a letter to the magazine and asked why there was not a magazine for men. The response that Homelife gave was that their magazine now has four pages that are for men. Not that it is bad and they might even pride themselves on their four pages, but seriously what man is going to read through the whole magazine to get to the four pages for him? Probably slim to none. They will probably just skip to their four pages and read those if they read the magazine at all. What I believe needs to happen is a magazine that caters to men but the focus of the magazine is to drive men to Christ. This magazine could be huge. It could offer a lot more than just the four pages in Homelife. The magazine should cover a wide variety of topics as Homelife does. Men like cars, sports, food, books, movies, music, technology, and other things but there should be a part of the magazine that would incorporate a Bible study that would last from issue to issue. The Bible study could lead into a part of the magazine that talks about how the man is the spiritual leader of the home and then have articles written specifically for the man to learn how to be a more godly husband, how to be a good father, how to take care of his family finances, how to be more conformed to the image of Christ. God calls the man to be the spiritual leader of the home. I believe this is a huge opportunity for a magazine to reach men for Christ but sadly there is not one on the market. Maybe there was a failed attempt in the past. Times change. It is time for a magazine for men that does not have scantily dressed women pictured throughout the magazine and does not talk about their recreational sex life. Hopefully, if LifeWay does not pick this up, another publisher will.
Ok. I am going to try and be nice about this but I am not making any promises. I hate, abhor, despise the way Christians are depicted on television. Why is it that Christians on mainstream TV shows are promoted as stupid, socially awkward, prudes, rude, intolerant and the list goes on. Then somehow in the course of a show or a season, the Christian in the show is released of their inhibitions and they are “free”. Somehow based on the garbage that secular media wants to throw at us, they seem to think they know Christians. Their ideas are all the same. Once a “Christian” character on TV is introduced into a tempting situation they seem to always give in. So, alcohol or sex is supposed to set you “free”? Then the Christian character may become normal to fit in with the rest of the group. Talk shows drive me nuts too. It’s ok to talk about God because apparently the world believes God is a general “god” and everyone can relate to a general “god”. However, it is just wrong to mention the name of Christ on mainstream TV unless you are Tiger Woods and can use the name of Christ in a profane manner. Freedom is not found in anything apart from Christ. Christ is freedom. Christ is your life. (Colossians 3:4) When we seek pleasure and enjoyment apart from Christ instead of in Christ, we are wasting that pleasure on stupid things. We are seeking pleasure in the temporal and created instead of the Sovereign Creator. I do think that we are wrong for the way Christians are depicted on TV. The media has stereotyped Christians and the problem with stereotypes is that they are technically true. How can we show the world that Christians are not stupid, rude, prudes, intolerant, etc? The solution is simple. We show them Christ. This will require us to die to our self daily and pick up our cross and follow hard after Christ. We also have to change our mindset. We have to understand that we are not just sinners saved by grace. We are saints. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For our sake, he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” When we finally see ourselves more as saints, and less as sinners, rejects, screw-ups, or whatever else that demeans our identity in Christ, maybe the media will change how Christians are depicted on TV.
Our College Group Book Discussion happened to meet at Wendy’s last Thursday to discuss the pages we have read so far in Margaret Feinberg’s Scouting the Divine. The book is great. The imagery she uses to talk about the smell of coffee or a blueberry scone makes you believe that you could almost smell it yourself. So, after ordering food, we sat at a table to discuss the book and have any other random conversation that we saw fit to have. The problem….Awkward crazy guy. For whatever reason, while talking on his cell phone felt the need to interject his two cents into every conversation that we had. Ignoring him did not help as he felt the need to comment on our random conversations. Our time there was intentional. Eat, fellowship, book discussion. Crazy random comment guy did not fit into our schedule. We decided the best thing to get our point across was to get up and move to another table. That worked. Random comment guy stayed on his cell phone the rest of the time that we were there discussing our book. This guy is just one of a few characters that I have noticed lately that for some reason checked their manners at the door.