I’ve noticed a trend. A trend in blogs. In churches. In social media. Out of the mouths of believers.
People are trying to be “in,” “cool,” “edgy.” Or so it seems.
I used to be able to tell the difference between Christians. Believers. God’s chosen people and the rest of the world.
Not so much anymore.
I go to blogs and see words and phrases being used that (to me) just shouldn’t be used. Words used in such a way as to look hip, trendy, relevant, and edgy. As if being a Christian immediately means we aren’t trendy.
I’ve gone to church websites and seen the same trend. I’ve even seen church names that make my eyes go all buggy and my mouth drop open. All in the name of being seen as hip and “with-it.”
I think we are missing the boat. God does not need to be made to look cool. He IS cool. We do not need to act like God is relevant. He IS relevant. He always has been! We do not need to swear, drink, or do many other things in order to be seen as “cool.” In fact, for me? Those very things immediately turn me away and turn me off. I immediately think “how uncool.”
The world WANTS us to be different. They may not act like it – but they long for it. Just as a child longs for boundaries and rules even though they will never tell you that. People want authenticity and a genuine heart. They don’t want us to be like their next door neighbor or the guy at work. They can get that anywhere.
And in all honesty? It’s a compromise of values.
I believe in calling a spade a spade. And Jesus would never swear. Never. Nor will I. I won’t even come close. No edgy words for me. I will just stand on my own boring two feet and let God do the talking for me.
For He’s far more eloquent and never once had a problem drawing a crowd. Just by being Himself.