Connecting the secular world with faith

Published 9:28 am Monday, April 23, 2018

By John Warren

Men have problems with pretty women and no matter how much society tries to say it is their fault, for the greatest part it is not.

There are a few women through the ages who were known to take advantage of man’s so called weaknesses. But for sure, it is the lacking of someone’s morals that gets them hung up.

Take Bill Cosby, whose whole reputation and career has been ruined no matter if he is charged or not, there will always be that hanging over him.

I played on the screen in the contemporary service last week a video of the Texas singer Roy Orbison singing his hit, “Pretty Woman.” It was great to see him all dressed in black with the dark glasses and obvious hairpiece, singing “Pretty woman walking down the street, pretty woman the kind I’d like to meet . . . MERCY!”

I didn’t have the video screen in the later service so they just heard the song, which you may remember, started with a drum beat. I was amused to see heads bobbing to the beat even before they heard the words!

Who said you can’t use the secular world to make a point for Jesus?

That is the whole point for Jesus to break into our minds and world so as we can connect the two and apply them to a growing living faith and walk with Christ. That is the difference between being a follower and a disciple. I used to sing to introduce the book of Esther.


John Warren is Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church, 502 North 6th Street in Orange.