Recently, there was a very interesting article[i] written by Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of LifeWay Research, giving his perspective on the results of a survey[ii] released by the Pew Research Center. Though alarming to many who are witnessing the decline of Christian influence in our culture and the rejection of our Christian traditions, Dr. Stetzer acknowledges these sobering facts but concludes by offering a different approach to them: Instead of focusing on the loss of the societal advantages Christians in American once enjoyed, or focusing on the outright hostility currently directed toward people of faith, he finds a silver lining by focusing on the opportunities these new challenges present.
What are those opportunities?
New Testament scripture defines them for us; after all, believers in the early church were certainly a minority in every culture they lived, whether Jewish or pagan. Yet they were called to share the Good News, to bless those who cursed them, to walk worthy of the calling in which they were called, to care for those less fortunate, to clothe the naked, to feed the poor, and to be continually transformed by truth.
And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what is that good and acceptable
and perfect will of God. ~Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
Like earlier times, the authentic Christian today is one who chooses to live distinctly different from the present culture: Different core beliefs, different reactions to antagonism, different personal values, different motives, different habits, different choices and different tastes. At Pure Flix, we recognize that those differences also extend to personal preferences in music, movies and other forms of entertainment.
If you or your church family is interested in supporting media that is distinctly different from the media messages often promoted by the contemporary culture, we invite you to check out the Pure Flix Faith + Family Alliance. As part of the Alliance, we provide you with three unique strategies to equip and encourage your congregants while sharing the good news of the Gospel.
We are thankful for being strategically positioned to embrace the opportunities this new season presents. God has a plan and it is good.
Please join us as we labor to impact our culture for Christ.