Monday, October 25, 2010
Joe Cool vs. Jesus
Brett McCracken wrote a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal not long ago. It's called "The Perils of 'Wannabe Cool' Christianity."
Here are the last two ridiculously-good paragraphs of the article:
If the evangelical Christian leadership thinks that "cool Christianity" is a sustainable path forward, they are severely mistaken. As a twentysomething, I can say with confidence that when it comes to church, we don't want cool as much as we want real.
If we are interested in Christianity in any sort of serious way, it is not because it's easy or trendy or popular. It's because Jesus himself is appealing, and what he says rings true. It's because the world we inhabit is utterly phony, ephemeral, narcissistic, image-obsessed and sex-drenched—and we want an alternative. It's not because we want more of the same.
Exactly right. The church must value real over cool... we must value Jesus over trendy... we must value truth over image.
To read the whole article, click here.