Consider this astute remark by Kenneth Myers:
The experience of popular culture is a bit different from that of high culture. Studying the works of J. S. Bach or John Donne systematically will likely afford us a better appreciation of them. But few people argue that a careful, rigorous, painstaking analysis of the compositions of Oingo Boingo will result in an enhanced perception of their records. . . .
One reason aesthetic questions rarely arise in the study of popular culture is that cultural relativism is so well-entrenched; it is generally assumed that questions of taste merely reflect political interests rather than any transcendent order of beauty or propriety. A Christian assessment of popular culture must take social and aesthetic perspectives in view. Culture is not (as many scholars today believe) simply the battleground for a perpetual war of classes, races, and genders. Such battles do occur, but they have much less to do with determining the quality of life in a culture than ideological academics imagine.1
What does this mean for a Christian’s assessment of culture for use in worship?
- All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes [↩]