Monday, March 29, 2010

Relevantly Counter-Cultural

This video has sparked some interesting comments on youtube. Now, there hasn't been a lot of comments, but the few that have been left are interesting. It seems that they can be easily separated into two categories: 1) positive -- everyone should hear this and 2) negative -- Christianity is constantly "getting people down."

I understand many of my readers to be younger Christians. If you are anything like me, you are constantly looking for ways to help the Church to become more relevant to today's culture. For example, many churches now have Facebook pages, are re-thinking worship, and are planning events to draw the people of today in.

Simultaneously, however, there are churches that are taking this too far. Some denominations have embraced homosexuality, are preaching a gospel of health & wealth, and have refused to call sin for what it is.

So there are 2 different pages of the same chapter in this story of the desire for the church to be relevant to today's culture. However, there is also another chapter -- a chapter on being counter-cultural.

You have probably heard it said "be in the world, but not of the world." There are some churches that have been doing a great job of being faithful to the gospel and being counter to our North American culture. I think that this is a biblical-principle.

Some have taken this too far! Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church is an example that comes to mind quite clearly.

So how can we hold these two chapters in harmony with one another? How can we be relevant to today, but still remain faithful to the gospel?

Should we listen to different music? Watch different TV shows? Wear different clothes? Talk differently? Speak differently? Go different places? Have Different Jobs?

What do you think?

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