Gospel and Global Media Culture

Today I’m in class learning the value of communicating the gospel through global media.  This is an elective class I’m choosing as part of my graduate studies at Seattle University.  One of the interesting parts of communicating our faith through media is the different data bases or framing we all bring to our faith.  Everyone has their own view of faith and their perception of the gospel.

To me, the gospel is the story of Jesus Christ coming to this earth, living a sinless life, and giving his life for my sins.  This is the gospel.  What I’m learning is that when you bring 15 people in a room they will all have 15 different view of the gospel and how it relates to their life.

My responsibility is to share the gospel in a way that can be understood by the people I’m sharing with.  As shared by my class mate Kirimi (from Kenya).  In the African culture the missionaries would bring the gospel to the African people wrapped in their western culture.  Much like bringing a baby wrapped in a western blanket.  This caused the gospel to be received and learned through a western filter.  Yet, once the African people were able to remove the “western blanket” from the baby (gospel) they were able to understand it better.  This is how I’m able to embrace the values and differences people have regarding the gospel.  I still believe that the only way for us to connect with God is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Yet, I’m able to respect the beliefs of others which will help me understand where others are coming from.

This is an important value to understand when thinking of sharing the gospel in the global media culture.

3 responses to “Gospel and Global Media Culture

  1. I was surprised by the particular differences and similarities in our gospel discussion today. I, too, appreciate Kirimi’s African missionaries example to help me see the implications of presenting the gospel in my own view without listening to the recipient of my speech first. There is so much depth of meaning in both the words of the gospel and the life of other. I believe I cannot help but be changed by my encounter with each.

  2. Kirimi’s imagery caught my attention too…really an important cautionary metaphor. It occurs to me as well that many of us post-modern, post-colonial (mostly white) Americans can also miss a key outcome in a guilt-filled rush to condemn our past missteps: the Gospel took root in Africa and is now coming our way wrapped in kaftans, boubous and dashikis. I don’t agree with everything that is coming out of Africa, but isn’t it fascinating?

  3. Yes, I love the learning process in an ecumenical setting where we can be aware of different faith traditions and theologies. I do believe in revelation and God’s self-communication is present in all language and cultures. And yes, our relationship with God will depend in our personal relationship with Jesus and in how we live his message.

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