Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Step onto the stage

"You and I face an historic opportunity. Rather than choosing to live in a lowest common denominator world, to raise our children in a culture inexorably circling the drain, we can decide to change that world. As overwhelming as that choice may seem, the truth is, we don't really have a choice. The scriptures make clear that we have been created to act, not to be acted upon! Prophets ancient and modern have decreed that good will ultimately triumph over evil. The morning will break. The shadows will flee. But this will not happen until we more effectively follow the Savior's command to let our light shine, that it might give light to all within the house.

"The prophet Isaiah foresaw the day when we will, in fact, succeed in replacing popular culture with a millenial culture. In that day, 'They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.' (Isa. 11:9) ...

"Either we envision that day, or we envision our inevitable doom. No longer can we sit in the safety of the sidelines, and hurl epithets at a popular culture we have failed to replace or change! No longer can we decry all the world has to offer without stepping onto the stage and providing a viable alternative. "As well might a man stretch forth his puny arm to turn the Missouri River out of its decreed course" as might we expect to supplant popular culture with the mere absence of culture! ...

"Those who suggest that the cost of buying a place on the world stage is too high have not stopped to consider the cost of the alternative. Their cowardice is outstripped only by their foolishness. 'There is enough and to spare. These should then be attended to with great earnestness, for there is much with lieth in futurity which depends upon these things.'"

- Mitch Davis, Independent Film Maker
"The Temples of Popular Culture"

1 comment:

kannie said...

You (and he) said it!!! Our responsibility is to light the world and provide an alternative to the dark. And when light shines, it chases the dark away :-). I LOVE the alternatives provided now!!!