Do Christians Belong In Hollywood?

There is a strong element of teaching within the American church that emphasizes saving souls to the exclusion of saving culture. This teaching focuses on Jesus’ mandate to take the gospel to the people of the world but it fails to recognize the Bible’s cultural mandate to work so that the gospel might redeem the cultures of the world.

But the Bible doesn’t pit the individual soul against the wider culture as if one has to choose between the two. Instead it calls us to live redemptively in both arenas. That’s why it’s never wise for the church to minimize one of these emphases for the sake of the other one. Knowing that most of us are prone to focus more on the individual rather than to think or pray or work to see the gospel redeem the culture, I offer this quote by J. Gresham Machen

“We may preach with all the fervor of a reformer, and yet succeed in winning only a straggler here or there, if we permit the whole collective thought of the nation or of the world to be controlled by ideas which, by the resistless force of logic, prevent Christianity from being regarded as anything more than a harmless delusion… What is to-day a matter of academic speculation, begins to-morrow to move armies and pull down empires.”

With that in mind, you might be interested in this list of The 12 Most Powerful Christians in Hollywood. While I, of course, don’t know any of these people personally and therefore don’t know anything about their beliefs, I do know that we can pray that their endeavors help create a cultural environment that aids the progress of the gospel.

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