The Christian Paradigm

1144 WordsApr 18, 20175 Pages
The Christian Paradigm is a widely discussed topic; believed, not believed, learned, lost and forgotten, well read, and misinterpreted. I believe that the basis of this paradigm is that humans are made bearing the image of God, but are tarnished by the distortion of sin. Although Christians are out seeking God’s kingdom, they are often distracted by sin and its unwavering abilities to turn us from God. This is shown well in the modern world with Pop culture and music. Day in and day out people are exposed to ideas of sexualization, overconsumption of alcohol, greed found in money, and many other distractions. Although the Christian Paradigm accepts the existence of these weakening forces, it seeks to challenge and rid the world of these…show more content…
Multiple songs mention, Jack and Coke, fireball, shots in general; beverages that people intend to get well intoxicated on. However, these things are not new to the earth, and they are not increasing in commonality. It is simply an increase in awareness and recognition of the normality of sin that music is bringing upon coming generations, allowing a confrontation to take place. This awareness will allow us to move into the combat stage of the paradigm. Next, upon combatting the message of current popular music, a consideration of the paradigm’s goals should be reasoned. A man by the name of Rod Dreher mentions ways that Christians can act this defiance out by, withdrawing children from public schools, tightening church discipline, devoting family time to study scripture, placing more strict limits on technology in the home and so on. It is apparent that these disciplines cannot be put in affect by an outer force, however, Christians personally taking it upon themselves to implement their lives with true meaning for Christ’s salvation needs to occur. Dreher discusses this topic saying, “…specifically, Christians need to turn inward, steeling themselves against the pernicious moral influences swirling around them by adopting a ‘rule of living’ that turns their faith into the orienting focal point of their lives” (Dreher 5). This would require us to turn away from the expressions of modern music, for it leads us
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