Monday, May 26, 2008

Book I Will Be Reading Next

"It seems as if every week I receive an opportunity by e-mail to boycott this, petition that, sign a covenant, or let a business know my Christian beliefs about its product. Honestly, these types of activities make me sick. Those businesses and organizations we want to boycott are being run and led by people-human beings-with families and kids and lives and choices. We may as well say to them, "Go to hell because I don't give a rip about your eternity. Just stay away from me and my family and out of our picket-fence -protected homes." Our actions are perceived as holier than thou, and they put us in the category of "all Christians are the same."

When did we decide the church should dictate, control, or mandate the direction of our culture? Isn't culture just a reflection of who we are as a society? Why are we focused on the fruit rather than the root? It would be like smashing all the apples from a tree in anger because they aren't big enough or tasty enough rather than considering the soil, sunlight, and environmental conditions; getting mad at the food when we should really be talking to the cook; or blaming the kids when we should talk to the parents."

Pop Goes the Culture: Should The Church Engage Pop Culture
by Tim Stevens


Daniel said...

I couldn't agree more!

Joy said...

Okay I'm Daniel's wife (see comment above) and I found you through his blog...

OH BOY do I agree!!! I cannot tell you how many people I've run into recently who say, "ALL Christians..." Well guess what?! Saying "All" and then saying one specific group of people usually leads to organizations like the KKK or Nazis.

Can't we all just get along?!?!?!

Meagan Henning said...

That sounds like a really good book. I know Brooke read it and liked it. I may have to give it a whirl!