Seth–What a great application from what is sure to be a blockbuster movie. I immediately see the applications for our transcultural world.
As a matter of fact that was the academic pursuit of mine for a season– specifically focused on how North American mission sending organizations worked to inculcate nuanced sensitivity to missionary pilgrims overseas.
Here is the problem though for the church in America.
My consulting experiences with many mega churches and mega parchurch organizations has revealed a problematic application of the “let’s be relevant” ethic.
The emergent church for example has fans, fanatics, cultural rules, heroes, groupies and idolatry. Just peruse You Tube and listen to some of what you hear. Watch what you see. I went to a conference of a first tier leader of the “Jesus is cool” movement and literally half of the people attending were dressed like this guy. Many even had his cool reading glasses or at least a faux pair of them. 🙂
I love the principle in Acts 17 where the Apostle Paul delivered a “knock out” apologetic for the Gospeal after having done his “market research” described in the last verses of Acts 16.
He was relevant.
But he never stepped away from the offending content of the Gospel of Jesus.
America has too many (I used to be one of them) people who have a “form of Godliness” but deny the power.
I think I’ll stop with that. 🙂
There is more to say.