Pop Culture Lessons for the Church

For all of certain elements of the Church’s railing against it, Hollywood remains pretty successful. So while Pat Robertson may take one approach…

“Popular television is flooded with filth and violence; MTV, VH-1, and pop radio stations are sewers of obscenity, rebellion and violence; pop magazines promote the vilest forms of pornography and a form of materialism, selfishness, and greed that has fallen to the lowest levels in human history.”

…I would say there is probably some valuable communication lessons to be learned for any organization. USA Today recently published a fantastic article detailing one of the many ways that Hollywood makes sure that their messages make sense to the intended audience.

It seems like a lot of us could definitely learn a little about making sure that what we say is what our listener’s hear. Think about the following…

1. Are there things on your website, your church’s website, your company website that only insiders will “get” that are in publicly accessible areas?

2. Do your friends of differing opinions value talking to you about your disagreements, or do they shy away from “those” topics?

3. While I have focused primarily on the Church, this topic has far reaching applications. What things around you, do you see that may also fall prey to being, “lost in translation”?