Can we find the fingerprints of God in the stories of our culture?
There is a great book by Don Richardson called “Eternity In Their Hearts” that talks about the ways every culture has remnants of God’s truth remaining from creation. The book approaches the subject from a point-of-view of cross-cultural missions, but I find that it helps me to think about how my own multi-faceted culture also bears the fingerprints of God in its stories, even if God is rejected on the surface.
Our film, The Enemy God, tells the story of the Yanomamö people in the Amazon and how there were seeds of truth about God present in their own traditional stories. However, these truths were twisted until they became a curse to the people.
Rather than merely react and shun the creative work of our culture, is it possible to use the stories and myths and passions that we find in Hollywood and independent films to point people to Christ? The article below by Garrett Brown encourages us to look into popular film to see the points of connection, the ways ‘Common Grace’ may be found, as a means to build understanding and relationship. These conversations, in relationship, may be the beginning of a journey to faith, even if the starting point of the story is despair. Perhaps, especially when the story begins with despair?
Article: Temple of the Unknown God
What ways do you see bridges to conversations about God in the popular culture around you, in the lives of your neighbors and friends?