Christianity is not cool, and neither am I

Christianity is not cool, and neither am I

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.

  1. Deny your self-interests to follow Him (Luke 9:23)
  2. Take up your cross (Luke 9:23)
  3. I am the only way to God. (John 14:6)
  4. He called people and their sins out. (John 4:38, John 8:7)
  5. He called out people doing shrewd business deals in the temple and took a whip to them. (John 2:15)
  6. He called one of his loyal disciples Satan (Matthew 16:23)
  7. He addressed his critics as evildoers and brood of vipers (Matthew 12:34)
  8. 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?

Search429: The Theologian’s Lingo

Search429: The Theologian’s Lingo

Periodically you will find that we are going to be uploading terminology that will be frequently used on the website. This weeks submission is the theological term: Theism. If you want to be an apologetics ninja you have to add this your arsenal.

 

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What are you searching for?

What are you searching for?

Wandering around aimlessly looking for something eventually gets you nowhere. Especially if you don’t have a clue of where to find it. But what if you don’t even know what you are really searching for?

There are a diverse collection of songs that tell us of the wandering soul looking for love, freedom, happiness, or a good time. While another famous rock singer tells us that he hasn’t found what he is looking for. Some artists bemoan to us that the thing they are looking for is being sought in all the wrong places. So there appears to be a fair amount of people having a hard time finding the thing that they are seeking out the most.

The journey of discovery begins first with a question. The question that I present to you to reflect on is, ““What are you searching for?” Is it happiness, fulfillment, pleasure, success, purpose, meaning, or peace of mind? Have you found them? All those things are important. Yet, what we are concerned the most here at Search429.com is you discovering God.

Does your search include God in the picture?

Some view God as an inanimate object that is unreachable and far of in the distance. Other world-views on God would have us believe that God is not interested in his creation. But theism, the worldview held by christian believers, declares that God is very much involved with his creation. He is an unique person who is very well concerned with making himself known to those who have a desire to find him.

But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him. Deuteronomy 4:29 (NLT)

Unfortunately like many other experiences people try to find God in all the wrong places. In the process some have given up all together in trying to find him. While others continue the search, and grow increasingly frustrated that it appears that he is nowhere to be found. But thankfully, God has distinctly told us how he can be found. And provided two unique ways in which he has revealed himself to us.

They are known in the field of Theology (study of God) as special and general revelation. In the coming weeks we are going to explore these more in detail, but to give you an example of what is to come:

Special revelation:

  • God has revealed himself in the life of his Son, Jesus Christ.
  • God has revealed himself in the Bible, the Word of God.

General Revelation:

  • God can be understood or is revealed through his creation.

You don’t have to wander aimlessly looking for God. By understanding how God has revealed himself to us you can look for him in all the right places. Hopefully in your search you make search429.com a part of your plan in seeking God with all your heart and soul.

What are you searching for? Are you searching for God in all the right places?

 

References: 

http://search429.com/search429-theologians-lingo/