Saturday, May 14, 2011
What is Your Story?
What exactly is that story, and why is it important? Perhaps, more importantly, are we telling it in a compelling fashion? Our story should be one that intersects with the story of Jesus. On a personal level, it is our journey toward becoming the image of Christ.
On a corporate level, it is about fulfilling the Great Commission and reaching the world. And If we are going to communicate that story, it needs to be biblically based. The problem is what is being reflected out to society is often a culturally-based Christian world view, which is slightly different than a biblical world view. The culturally-based Christian world view is a combination of our western way of thinking, media influences, traditional Judeo Christian values, 2,000 years of Christian traditions, and current trends in theology and culture.
A Biblical world view depicts a balanced view of the Scriptures. It’s all relevant and equally important. A culturally-based world view is more of a selective view of the Bible where some parts are emphasized and some are ignored. A Biblical world view interpretation of the Bible is through the Holy Spirit. A culturally-based world view is often seen through the eyes of man; therefore, the result is that often two extreme points of view can emerge—one that is conservative wherein God is an avenging God and the other a liberal view wherein God is a loving God. In a Biblical world view, God is both.
If we are to express our story accurately, we must return to the true origins of the Word of God. Another way to look at this is to think about DNA. We, as human beings, share basically the same DNA as every species on the planet. The differences are only a couple percentage points. But that difference has profound implications. I’m sure you would agree that a human being and an elephant are two different things. There are sometimes subtle difference that are often difficult to distinguish on the surface between a Biblical and a culturally-based Christian world view. That why we must get our story straight.
Whether we like it or not, the world now communicates through visual images. But, for the most part, the Body of Christ has not adjusted to these new realities. The future is coming. In fact, it is already here. Screening is a way of life. Everywhere you look, there is some type of video screen looking back. Images and what they represent is our new reality. If you want to reach the world with the Gospel, we have no time to waste. We must adapt.
As I said, we all can become producers and storytellers in this new world. It’s often been said that Christianity is ten years behind the times. With the times changing so rapidly, we can no longer afford such a luxury. Visual storytelling is the future. Now is the time to be ahead of the curve not struggling to catch up. We know what our story is and the means by which it must be communicated—visually. Now is the time to implement the plan.