I suppose one of the risks of taking a stand on an issue is, well…taking a stand on an issue.
I know that many of you disagree with me – or at least strongly object. I know that I might also lose some followers and/or (God forbid) supportive friendships.
But I deeply appreciate that my church, Revolution, is daring to delve into a subject that is many times rebuked, but more often than not – ignored.
Having freshly read the book, The Help, in which while reading it, many times had to flip back to the first few pages that stated that the storyline did indeed take place in the early 60’s (NOT during the Civil War…cause it very well could have been written in times of slavery…), and found myself completely stupified (in my white little way) at how strongly the black race was equated with adjectives like ‘dirty’ or ‘dumb’ or very much ‘lesser than’. They weren’t judged as individuals, but as a race. Perhaps it is my recent acquaintance with white vs black in society that makes me think about christian vs gay in our society today. How have our views changed about the color of a person’s skin – and how much will change in the future about our views toward a person’s sexual orientation?
Below is a copy and paste text from Revolution’s weekly email regarding the upcoming sermon on Sunday. I am anxious to engage in the Conversation…
Christianity has an image problem. The Church is not speaking the language of our 21st Century culture. 91% of young Americans believe Christians are anti-homosexual, 89% think we are judgmental, and 87% call Christians “hypocritical.” How can we begin changing these perceptions?
Last Sunday, we began our “Spiritual, But Not Religious” series by talking about how the church has gone off-message. A few vocal Christians have made following Christ seem like a politically charged, religiously rigid charade. So, how can we shift the discourse in the 21st century? How can we speak the language of our culture and represent Christ more fully?
I hope you will join Revolution for the remaining three conversations in August. This Sunday, we’ll discuss the issue of human sexuality. Is there a better way for Christians to think about sex? There must be. I’ll see you Sunday at 5pm.
While reading that if you found yourself thinking thoughts like “does relevant mean a watered-down version of the gospel” or the ever-favorite “…so open-minded their brains fell out…”, I would challenge you to the idea that maybe “speaking to society” is exactly what Christ did…it is an old-fashioned way of thinking – not a “new fangled” way of thinking.
And I certainly invite you to come hear the sermon yourself and try to find where it deviates from biblical text.
Safe bet. I already know that it won’t.
Doing/Thinking things the way they’ve always been done doesn’t mean they’re right.
Sometimes it just means doing/thinking things the way they’ve always been done.
Could there be a different angle you could consider?……