4-2010: The Bestseller's List

What methods should Christians everywhere use to positively change culture?

The Bestsellers’ List

By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti

At the beginning of 2010, a news magazine in the United States searched through last year’s top five books, movies, songs, and TV shows to see what topics or themes interested people the most.* Here’s what they discovered:

  • 70% of the top five books, movies, songs, and TV shows featured violence;
  • 60% featured money;
  • 45% featured sex;
  • 40% featured youth;
  • 10% featured politics;
  • 10% featured God.

Only 10% featured God? This from a nation that seems fond of reminding its citizens that its founders all believed in God? What about all the Christian bookstores and the chain bookstores that feature large sections about God and faith? What about all the religious programming featured on television and radio? How can a country claim to be Christian and still come up with percentages such as these? Shouldn’t 10% of the top five books, movies, songs, and TV shows feature violence, while 70% feature God?

How do you think the percentages would break down in your country? More importantly, how might they break down in our own lives? And finally, we need to ask these questions:

  1. Based on this poll, it seems that Christians in the U.S.A. aren’t having much of an impact on their culture. Why might this be so?
  2. What methods should Christians everywhere use to positively change culture? Through legislation? Through lives of service? By developing a Christlike character? Other? Which methods would work best where you live, and why?

Next month’s Synapse will explore some answers to these questions. If you have any answers you’d like to share visit our website. Be sure to give at least your first name and the country where you live.
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*Newsweek,  “What Do the Bestsellers of 2009 Say About Us?” December 28, 2009–January 4, 2010, p. 98.