How do we garner insights into our confused and ever-changing culture? It’s an important question because encased in this culture are people we would like to reach with the good news about Jesus. It’s also important because followers of Jesus are also embedded in this culture! Sometimes it is not clear to us how much the prevailing culture has determined our own lifestyle choices.
One way to get a handle on this is to peruse Google’s annual compilation of last year’s top searches. The top ten searches are listed for a wide variety of 74 different categories. For one example, here are the top ten searches for people:
- Lamar Odom
- Caitlyn Jenner
- Ronda Rousey
- Donald Trump
- Ruby Rose
Really? These are the people we care most about? (Actually, I had no idea who #5 was so I had to do a search on her, unwittingly contributing to the madness.)
The lists are sometimes interesting and entertaining, but also very often baffling. Apparently these lists demonstrate what we, as a culture, really care about and the people and interests we are pursuing. What astounds me is the abject lack of anything remotely spiritual in the broad categories or the most popular search items. Maybe Google intentionally choose not to list anything of a religious, spiritual, or transcendent nature, or maybe there were just not enough searches in these areas. Either way, don’t you agree that we as a culture could be showing a bit more interest in caring about and pursuing God?
Here’s some encouragement for the greatest of searches in 2016:
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
At Crosswalk, we have some impact events coming up in the month of January. Here is your chance to mark your calendar and seek the Lord through these events:
- This Sunday, we begin our sign-ups for small groups! It is God’s best for you to pursue the Lord and his will with others!
- HARK is a powerful, award-winning short film about human trafficking both locally and globally. Following the film, the producer/director will join in a panel discussion about the issue and on practical steps we can take to strive for God’s best regarding social justice for all. The film is free and will be screened in our worship center at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13. We will also kick off our Wednesday dinners that evening! Dinner will be served in the gym from 5:45 – 6:20 p.m. January 13 will also launch our New Year edition of TEAM KIDS! The program for all elementary ages begins at 6:30 p.m. The Youth will be attending the film that evening.
- “Getting Connected” is the theme for January 17 at Crosswalk.
- STARTING POINT is for all those who are new to Crosswalk and want to meet some of our staff and discover more of what Crosswalk is all about. The next SP will be on January 24 at noon. Most of you have been to Starting Point if you are reading this email, so why not encourage a friend or family member to attend?
May God help us to orient our lives and our searches on that which will lift us up rather than bring us down. May we pursue those things which will draw us closer to the One who loves us the most.