We live in a day in age that people are searching to feel like they belong. We have subjected ourselves to being labeled by society to make sense of our lives. I find this to be the reason that many of us are emotionally unstable because we feel that we need to define ourselves at the cost of others opinions.
Often when I read the Old Testament and come across people worshiping idols I think, “I’m sure glad we don’t struggle with that today.” It’s easy to read what people struggled with thousands of years ago and think we’ve gotten smarter. But have we? Or have we just packaged our idols differently?
There are many hot-button topics that Christians like to debate their freedom in today. Smoking, drinking, and getting tattoos seem to be near the top of that list. Many people have dug their trenches and are planted firmly in their camp. But what does scripture say about these topics? What if there is a better question to ask than are these things acceptable?
Hatred laced with ignorance is plaguing many cities throughout the United States. Usually all the posts written at Rethink are carefully planned, thought out and scheduled. This post is different. I personally like to let the storm of conflict settle before stating a position or calling people to action. This topic is too serious to let a response from us here at Rethink be saturated with time.
With the rise of social media and the ability to hide behind the anonymity of a screen, people have become more and more bold in standing up for their beliefs. Well let’s be honest, bold is the wrong term. People have become jerks about their beliefs. Unfortunately Christians haven’t been above this new found sense of boldness.
Let’s be really honest. Most Evangelical attempts at films in the last 30 years have been, putting it nicely, terrible. Numerous people, Christian and non-Christian alike, have taken a shot at exactly why this is. Everything from “they’re cheap” to “they’re not honest enough” have been suggested. For the past four years or so since starting my own career as a filmmaker, I’ve struggled to explain to many why I refuse to support these movies.