Popular musicians pen social commentary. After the Beatles crooning “I want to hold you hand” sent hoards of teenage girls screaming to airports and stage doors, harder rockers declared the virtue of freer sexual boundaries and lived excessive lives. They didn’t want to hear Christian’s response, that their lives were immoral and self-destructive . . . even though 2o years later their immoral lives were imploding around self-destructive habits evolved into chains.

So how do Christ-followers stay relevant, reaching into social moral decline and making a real, measurable difference? Jesus said we were to be salt, a preservative, and light in a dark place, a city set on a hill that draws people into its protective boundaries. Not holy huddles, we are to be a socially active transformational tribe.

I don’t think we stay relevant by being indistinctive from the rest of the world. As pastor Mark Driscoll wrote, we should be “A tribe within a tribe, a city within a larger culture, doing life differently, marriage differently, economy differently, doing relationships differently and raising our kids differently.” We are called to be a city set on a hill, drawing people to us and to Christ, not an island, set apart, unreachable and irrelevant.

Without Christ, and his influence through Christ-followers, the world doesn’t have any hope, and without hope, popular culture’s experience is shouted through its most popular stage acts.

Here are lyrics from a chart topping band that recently came into Grand Rapids.

“Save Me”

I got a candle
And I’ve got a spoon
I live in a hallway with no doors
And no rooms

Under a windowsill
They all were found
A touch of concrete within the doorway
Without a sound

Someone save me if you will
And take away all these pills
And please just save me if you can
From my blasphemy in my wasteland

How did I get here
And what went wrong
Couldn’t handle forgiveness
Now I’m far beyond gone

I can hardly remember
The look of my own eyes
How can I love this a life so dishonest
It made me compromise

Someone save me if you will
And take away all these pills
And please just save me if you can
From my blasphemy in my wasteland

Jump in the water
Jump in with me
Jump on the altar
Lay down with me

The hardest question to answer
Is why
Why

Someone save me if you will
And take away all these pills
And please just save me if you can
From my blasphemy in my wasteland

Someone save me
Someone save me
Somebody save me
Somebody save me
Please don’t erase me

My musing has a purpose. Is your church reaching into this cultural declaration. As a Christ-follower, if you are one, what are you doing to connect with, and shine a light into this moral, social, and emotional hopelessness?