Nobody wants to be the evil businessman from Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.
If you’ve seen Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, skip on down a few sentences while I explain the plot to the less enlightened.
An evil businessman wants to build a store. This is bad news for the local break dancers, Ozone, Turbo and Kelly, because building this new store involves tearing down the community center. So the gang of break dancers decides to take action. And by action, I mean dancing. Somehow, all of that dancing keeps the evil businessman from destroying the community center. Stickin’ it to the man. Take that!
In the movie, the evil businessman was out of touch with the times because he wore a suit, had gray hair and didn’t break dance. He also obviously hated children because he wanted to tear down a community center, for crying out loud.
Nobody wants to be that man. Most people are scared of being seen as out of touch, old or against the hot new trends.
Sadly, too many opinions in our culture are formulated from that fear. As a result, truth is seen as archaic, even oppressive, while we become slaves to fads and trends.
This is the case in many churches where sermons from the Bible are replaced with open dialogues about self-improvement with a few verses thrown in on the side, time permitting. The traditional preacher is dead. Get with the times. Break dancing is king!
Paul would disagree with us.
When he was mentoring a young pastor by the name of Timothy, the spiritual climate wasn’t much different from our own.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (ESV)
“People,” Paul essentially tells Timothy, “will not want to hear the Bible anymore. They will develop a theology based on their own passions and search for gurus who will confirm those passions.”
Based on that, it would seem natural for Paul to discourage Timothy from using the Bible.
“Look man. Times are changing. People don’t really care what the Bible says anymore so you might just want to read your church some Drake lyrics every Sunday and be done with it.”
Instead, Timothy hears the exact opposite from Paul.
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:1-2 (ESV)
Paul could confidently tell Timothy to preach something that many would consider irrelevant because he knew that public opinion is not God. Opinions change like shadows. And in that changing climate, there has to be a set standard. God never changes. Neither does his word. Preach God’s word.
In real life, unlike the movies, there are at least two sides to every story.
What if the community center in Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo was slowly becoming a make-out center for the town’s pre-teens? And what if, by tearing down the community center and creating his own business, the evil businessman was also creating a couple of hundred jobs for the community?
Suddenly, a nice paying job with benefits seems really cool. I think it was Socrates who said, “Break dancing don’t pay the bills.”
Fads can be fun. But they never really take you anywhere. At least not for very long.
Sometimes, if we pay close enough attention, we can see that the old and outdated is more relevant than we ever imagined.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)