My youth group has a real knack for letting me know when I have reached the lowest point on the coolness meter. It’s usually expressed by the sudden audacious roar of laughter and mockery.
I’m not cool, but also cool is not cool anymore. They don’t even use the word to describe anything remotely popular. Cool has lost its coolness. There are countless other alternative words used to signify the level of fashionable attractiveness achieved by the über hip. A group that clearly I am not a member of, I belong to another.
I’ve come to recognize my lack of flyness, but in the process I have a sense of comfort that I am not alone. I belong to a group that does not fit the bill of being über chic. Christians are not cool.
Regrettably I hate to drop a reality check on our popularity, but Christianity has never reached the heights of dopeness like your next pair of Toms. Which I’ve been informed by my superfly wife that they are no longer as popular as they once were. So my last sentences only confirm my nerd status.
You’ve probably have lived through that one faux pas moment. The situation in which somebody has publicly pointed out your lack of fashion sense. And it’s my duty now to do it responsibly. Christianity has reached the point of swagless status like the fanny pack and Tim Duncan’s wardrobe. Yes, that’s right Christianity is not cool, but guess what it was never meant for that.
Jesus was never considered the cool kid on the block, and neither am I. He said some things that were very unpopular with the people who were the elitist of the religious and political community.
Jesus wasn’t trending he was world-changing
He was not concerned with gaining popularity with any group. He said some very unpopular things that upset all even those who wanted to follow him.
Here is a list of some of the most unpopular things that Jesus said.
- Deny your self-interests to follow Him (Luke 9:23)
- Take up your cross (Luke 9:23)
- I am the only way to God. (John 14:6)
- He called people and their sins out. (John 4:38, John 8:7)
- He called out people doing shrewd business deals in the temple and took a whip to them. (John 2:15)
- He called one of his loyal disciples Satan (Matthew 16:23)
- He addressed his critics as evildoers and brood of vipers (Matthew 12:34)
- He confronted his religious critics and called out their errors. (Matthew 22:29, Matthew 5:20, Matthew 15:12)
There are more examples that I can list. But these are just a few to show that Jesus was not in the business of building up his social media status for the sake of gaining more followers. His retweeted stats weren’t growing through the roof. He was in the business of spreading truth. Even when truth is the most unpopular thing to share with others.
Many of his early followers abandoned him, because He presented them with some tough decisions (Luke 9:57–62). Those decisions made Jesus very unpopular. And if you choose to stand for him it’s going to in many situations lower your PHAT score.
So bust out your pocket calculator, drive that mini-van with swag, and use every dated cliché slang word to describe something that’s totally cool. Let’s be real, popularity and fame is completely overrated.
Is popularity overrated? Do you belong to the unfashionably helpless?