Jesus lived and spoke with variance to social norms.
His ways were not their ways.
His thoughts were not their thoughts.
His life and thoughts were culturally divergent.
And yet, the way Jesus thought and spoke created lasting and revolutionary direction in people and in society and culture that we still see today.
The believer understands the nuance of these countercultural truths but it is becoming increasingly difficult to communicate the countercultural narrative of Jesus.
Today culture speaks of social reform while the counterculture of Jesus asks us to go one step further and hold everything in common.
Today culture places value on what we possess & the things that are seen while the counterculture of Jesus asks us to look at the things that are unseen and everything else will be added to us.
Today culture says justice is demanding what is fair while the counterculture of Jesus adds even if it is not fair, continue to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.
Today culture says love is a feeling and a commitment while the counterculture of Jesus says love is a covenant.
Today culture places individual human rights front and centre while the counterculture of Jesus says You are not your own, honours the image of God in us and asks us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
Today culture says that Religion and the church is about control and fear while the counterculture of Jesus talks about the church as a body and a bride, grounding it in the centre of a great romance.
Today culture says if we are one with ourselves we are complete while the counterculture of Jesus adds unity with the other to this wholeness.
Andy Crouch in his book culture making says “It is not enough to condemn culture. Nor is it sufficient merely to critique culture, copy culture or consume culture. The only way to change culture is to create culture.”
We create culture everyday as media professionals. Do the values, norms and behaviours you live and work by condemn culture, critique culture, copy culture or…. create in the countercultural way of Jesus.