I was watching some of the reruns of "Glee" last night (okay, yeah - it's my guilty pleasure - back off!), and realized something that is pertinent to my "work" here. Each week, Mr. Schuster assigns the Gleeks a song that has a particular relation to a theme. For example, he wanted them to sing a song with "hello" featured in it; or, one that showed off their inner theatricality. When the kids pick and sing their songs, it's more than just the performance; they are actually using the song's words to speak what they feel. That's the power of song - or any art, for that matter - it gives voice to those things that we might not even be able to vocalize ourselves. Just look at how many of your friends' statuses on Facebook come from some popular song.
This is what I try to do here on JG2DW. I use the language of pop culture to give a voice to our faith that our culture - and young people in particular - can understand. These examples were never written (usually) to illustrate some religious theme, but they themselves have been formed by the attitudes, values and cultural conditions that make us who we are as people of the twenty-first century. Jesus did the same thing. He used examples of what people understood in order to reveal to them what the Kingdom of God was like. His parables are expert discourses on popular culture and the religious environment of His times.
So, for those of us open to God's Word and Work in our lives, all of these songs, movies, TV shows and other artistic expressions can be vehicles for the Message. So, excuse me now - Sue Sylvester demands that I watch another episode.