It is too easy to attack culture. I do it all the time. It’s sort of become a “go to” thing for Christians today. Attack the culture; that always gets people on your side. In fact, I did it in a sermon this last weekend. It was appropriate. Everything I said was true. But let’s be honest, it’s just too easy.
If we’re honest, we are as much wrapped up in and influenced by culture as folks outside the church. Maybe not you. Maybe this isn’t a post for you. But the kids I work with are influenced by culture. They are culture. Yes, they love Jesus, but they also love Justin Bieber, The Hunger Games, “Red Solo Cup,” How I Met Your Mother, and countless other songs, movie, television shows out there in the mainstream.
And you know what? I do too. I don’t listen to Christian music exclusively or even encourage people to watch Christian movies. I couldn't handle that.
We need to strike a balance.
And we need to remember that the Church is strongest when it doesn’t just stand against the culture, but offers a better way.
Shane Claiborne says it this way in Irresistible Revolution,
“You don’t get crucified for being cool; you get crucified for living radically different from the norms of all that is cool in the world. And it’s usually the cool people who get the most ticked off, since you are disturbing their order, for it was indeed the cool religious leaders and the cool politicians who killed the Lover from Nazareth.”
We have a better way. We have a legitimate opposition and critique of the greater culture to offer. We know culture is messed up, chasing after satisfaction and things to save us that cannot satisfy nor can they save us. We know it, and yet we all too often are caught up in culture. We cannot entirely escape culture for we live in it, but we need not be of it. That’s just straight up biblical!