To Our Church Family and Friends,
In one scene from the movie Pulp Fiction, the two main characters “Vincent” and “Jules” are on their way to commit a multiple murder of some young men who owed their boss a lot of money. While driving across town, they are laughing and just talking about seemingly irrelevant things. And one of them says, “You know what they call a Quarter Pounder With Cheese at the McDonalds in France?” He goes on to say they call it a “Royale with cheese”. And he explained that it is due to the fact that in that culture they use the metric system – so it goes by a different name. And the person watching is thinking, “How can they talk about such trivial issues while getting ready to commit a multiple murder? How can they be so callous?”
But it isn’t just a trivial conversation. It’s a subliminal approach to trivializing murder philosophically. It is pointing out that what things are called is relative to the culture. Words and ideas are nothing more than what each culture decides it is. What may be the “multiple murder of defenseless people” to some is simply “justice” to others. It’s all relative! Isn’t it ironic how sexuality and nudity which are meant to be private are now on display for public consumption? And yet, spiritual convictions which are meant to strengthen the public are now supposed to be concealed in privacy!
Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” What does it say about our culture? Jesus said in Matt. 6:22,23 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” We are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt. 5:13,14). We need to shed light on this world and provide salt for preserving and seasoning our culture by taking our convictions about Jesus and His word out of our privatized lives and find a way to bring them into public conversations with others. We are to shine the light of Christ on this dark world. Some will hate it (John 3:20) but others will be drawn to Him (Matt. 5:16).