06 May 2008

Evaluation

I ran across this article today while on lunch break at work.

It's a convicting review of the "Christian subculture". It's a wonderful non-Christian perspective on the sad state of so-called Christian art and media which is often just a cheap imitation of the secular version and how it has led to an "adolescent theology" where Jesus' sacrifice is simply referred to as "cool" rather than held in the awe that he deserves.

While reading it, I was reminded of D.Webb's song "T-shirt"

they'll know us by the t-shirts that we wear
they'll know us by the way we point and stare
at anyone whose sin looks worse than ours
who cannot hide the scars of this curse that we all bare
they'll know us by our picket lines and signs
they'll know us by the pride we hide behind
like anyone on earth is living right
and isn't that why Jesus died
not to make us think we're right
they'll know us by reasons we divide
and how we can't seem to unify
because we've gotta sing songs a certain style
or we'll walk right down that aisle
and just leave 'em all behind
they'll know us by the billboards that we make
just turning God's words to cheap clich├ęs
says 'what part of murder don't you understand?'
but we hate our fellow manand point a finger at his grave
they'll know us by the t-shirts that we wear
they'll know us by the way we point and stare
telling 'em their sins are worse than ours
thinking we can hide our scars
beneath these t-shirts that we wear
when love, love, love
is what we should be known for
love, love, love its the how and it's the why
we live and breathe and we die
We, believers and followers of Christ need to do a better job of balancing that "in the world but not of the world" command...let us strive to be noticably different, yes--but avoid being an annoying plastic imitation of both the real world and real faith.

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