The Tattooed Jesus: What Would the Real Jesus Do with Pop Culture?
by Kevin Swanson
Would Jesus tattoo Leviticus 19:28 on his thigh? Doesn’t that sound like an absurd question? A decade or two ago it wouldn’t have even been asked. But in some churches today the question is asked and the answer is “maybe” or even “yes”. What has changed to make it an acceptable thought? In short, our culture has changed. The church has allowed the culture of the world to all but break down its doors. It has invited the thoughts, values and ideas of the world to penetrate the very fiber of the church. “The great Christian apostasy began with a reversal in the mind of Western man about the nature of reality, truth and ethics—doubt prevailed and truth faded—not the faintest possibility of an absolute.”
Mr. Swanson takes us through some of the changes and gives us basic definitions between culture and worldview. As Christians, we need to see the connections between our culture and worldview. It is easy for us to say that we have a Christian worldview. But do we really? A man is known by his fruit. What fruit are we producing? All we have to do is see what music we listen to, what books we read, what games we play, what movies we watch, what we browse on the internet; they all point to our worldview. Do these things glorify God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), are they true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8)? “Unless Christian families can properly see the connections between culture and the worldview they reflect, many more will be “spoiled by philosophies and vain deceit after the traditions of men” (Colossians 2:5).
“Which cultural forms represent apostasy and which represent a commitment to orthodoxy?”
This is a very convicting book. Do you want to see your children and grandchildren go down the path to holiness? Take a look at what Mr. Swanson brings to light and see if you are making godly choices in what you allow your family to partake of.
“Western culture is committing suicide.” What can we do, as Christians, to turn the culture back to a godly standard? It will take “men and women who are honestly and consistently committed to truth and righteousness…” We need more churches preaching the gospel weekly and more men and women living out the Great Commission by making disciples of those that God saves. And we must begin in our own homes.
I challenge you to read this book and see what worldview you hold, you might be surprised at what you find.