Should Christians be cool?

14 Dec

[This post first appeared on Anglican Youthworks Website written by Steve Grose on 20th May 2012]


“’My daughters think I’m SO uncool’: Bono’s girls cringe as the singer waxes on about Africa to Beyonce and Jay-Z.  According to a Daily Mail report, Bono may have millions of fans across the world, but he still has trouble impressing his two teenage daughters.” 

The U2 frontman admitted he suffers the same dreaded fate as parents across the country – his children think he’s an embarrassing dad.

Yes, droning on about Africa, playing old music, and telling “Dad jokes” had made Bono uncool!  The man in the designer sunnies behind some of the biggest selling albums of all time, is … whisper it .., “Uncool!”

How to work out if you are too cool

In a way I am glad Bono has joined the ranks of the uncool!  I have been here a long time, and uncool is not as bad as its cranked up to be. By the way, cool is nowhere as cool as it used to be when I was cool!  That is, if I ever was! (No…wearing bright green socks, brown slippers and long daggy blue board shorts with an Italian khaki collared shirt on the beach was probably never a very cool look…. Sigh!)  

Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale USA has a “You may be too fashionable if …” list for Christians.

You may be too fashionable, he warns, if:

— You can’t stand singing a worship song that was “in” five years ago — much less singing a hymn from another century.

— You believe social justice is more important than evangelism, or that evangelism is more important than social justice.

— Your goal in spending time with non-Christians is to demonstrate that you’re really no different than they are. To prove this, you curse like a sailor, drink like a fish and smoke like a chimney.

— You’ve concluded that everything new is better than anything old, or that everything old is better than anything new.

— The church you’ve chosen is defined more by its reaction to “boring” churches, than by its response to a needy world.

— You’ve decided that everything done by the church you grew up in was way wrong and you’re now, thankfully, part of a missional “community” that does everything right.

— The one verse you wish wasn’t in the Bible is John 14:6, where Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” That’s way too narrow!

— You look around at church and notice that everybody is the same age and looks and dresses pretty much like you do.

Is Christianity cool?

Tchividjian goes on to say that whilst Christianity may not always be cool, more importantly, it is always relevant.

“Christians make a difference in this world by being different from this world; they don’t make a difference by being the same,” Tchividjian writes.

“To be truly relevant, you have to say things that are unfashionably eternal, not trendy. It’s the timeless things that are most relevant to most people. … When the relevance of God’s Word reigns supreme among God’s set-apart people, we influence the wider culture by expressing His revealed truth with both our lives and our lips.”

Cool? Cool!


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