Thursday, November 6, 2008

Consumed by Culture

I just find it ironic. For most of the history of the church, it has played a major part of guiding the culture. Unlike Islam, which spread by the sword, Christianity was spread by the love of Christ. The Church took the gospel to heart and as a result, the culture began to reform. It spread to Europe and eventually to America. All you have to do is look at our founding documents to see the influence of Christianity. Medicine and science have their roots in the Church. It hasn't been perfect by any strech of the imagination, but anywhere the Gospel has permiated the culture, the culture thrives.

Now the Church is infatuated with the culture. We worry more about the multimedia displays than the word. We expect entertainment instead of repentance. Silly skits take the place of expository preaching. People have a cow if the sound isn't adjusted just right, instead of having a cow that people are completely ignorant about the wonderful doctrines of our faith. We sit, expect a nice cooshy message (Nothing too deep, mind you. Wouldn't want people to know too much about their faith) and hope it gets done before the football game is on. Oh! Don't forget, we must have our rock and roll concert Sunday morning, too.

Yep, we should definitely let culture dictate what we do for church...

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2

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