A Way In
If you have ever watched a Louis Theroux documentary you will have noticed his seemingly innate ability to unlock situations and get people talking. It’s incredible to watch. His documentaries are often quite hostile or at least uncomfortable environments into which an ordinary person would never think to enter. Perhaps it is because of the small army of cameramen and producers behind him during his interviews that makes them so riveting, but I want to believe that it is Louis’ ability to empathise with people through his manner, one of innocence and naivety, that results in incredibly striking conversations with people who are often on the fringes of society. He finds a way in to other people’s lives.
The great challenge for Christians is this: how do we connect with people in such a way that clearly and unashamedly displays Jesus Christ, without terrifying them with our reluctance to engage with modern culture and society?
Of course we are to stand up for what is right and to fight against the things that lead people further away from God, however, if we remove ourselves completely from culture, how can we ever hope to impact it for good? Jesus says ‘As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world’ (John 17:18). We are to be influencers in our towns and cities, sharing our faith with others whilst ensuring that we are not of the world anymore than Jesus was of the world (John 17:14).
It seems to me that if we actively engage with the culture we live in, and use it as a force for good, people are more inclined to listen to what we have to say. Too many people write off the good news of Jesus Christ because the messengers or messages are wildly out of touch with the people that they’re trying to reach.
Something More is not trying to suddenly change everyone into God loving Hipsters (although they are pretty cool), or saying you need to buy the latest technological device in order to reach our generation. We aren’t changing the message but rather offering people A Way In, an opportunity to engage in the conversation surrounding faith and Jesus Christ in a way that impacts the cultures and communities we live in. I can’t tell you the number of people who have already asked about the various sweaters I’ve worn with There is Something More on the front. It’s a way in to a conversation that could change someone’s life!