Does Jesus belong in pop culture?

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  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 20, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    It depends on what exactly "pop-culture" is. On the one hand, I think films like "Son of God" are absolutely fantastic; it is an awesome thing to have a meaningful, fairly accurate, reverent depiction and reminder of Jesus Christ in a very public way, even outside scripture study and specifically Church-related discussion.

    On the other hand, I needn't make a list of the shows like South Park or (more often than not)The Simpsons that belittle or make satire of His example and the influence of the Holy Ghost.

    I suppose it's all about how He's depicted, not so much when and where. Moroni 7:13-17

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    March 20, 2014 6:49 a.m.

    Being that "pop culture" is full of lies... no.

    More people need to read, not use Youtube or the big screen as their means of knowing Jesus. It doesn't work that way. Can't understand why not? Sure you do. Everyone knows that books contain more. Movies leave things out, alter things, change true events into exaggerated ones or flat-out lies.

    The simplest answer to this question is another question. Where do you find the Savior? In prayer, in scripture study, in church... these places are where to look. You can learn 2 or 3 things from watching the Book of Mormon movie. You can tens of thousands, if not more, over a life time.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    March 19, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    Jesus. Thor. Gandalf. Beowulf. Noah. Robin Hood. Myth-figures who have taken a place in pop-culture and have been featured in recent movies.

    Yes, Jesus does have a place of religious significance for some, but Jesus is also a marketable brand image used to sell everything from T-shirts to jewelry to self-help books, posters, and knick-knacks. And, much like the used-and-abused unlicensed images of Calvin from the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" being used to denigrate Chevys, the Jesus image is also (mis)used to sell guilt, shame, anger, judgement, and even hate.

    The Jesus found in pulpits and bookstores, t-shirts and bumper stickers is closer to Bart Simpson as an imaginary pop-culture figure than to the Jewish carpenter-turned-teacher of 2,000 years ago. That Jesus was poor, hung out with sinners, and taught an agenda of helping others without strings that is totally foreign to the political party that has claimed him as a mascot today.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 19, 2014 9:48 p.m.

    Sure. Just remember, though, that pop culture doesn't owe anyone arbitrarily kind treatment. Nor does it even endorse the idea that they were a real character.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 19, 2014 9:08 p.m.

    I don't know....
    Jesus Christ Super-Star had a very profound effect on me 40 years ago.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 19, 2014 6:06 p.m.

    Compassion and gratitude is what Jesus taught so I figure if you don't have any gratitude, or grateful for what you have your nor going to take care of it. so you will always keep looking for stuff to replace the stuff you didn't take care of. You matter, that's the Spirit Of Things.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    March 19, 2014 4:31 p.m.

    Jesus Christ remains immensely relevant to me today, because I know that He speaks through living prophets.

  • JLindow St George, UT
    March 19, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    Better pop-culture than politics.