05.27.10 | Comments
Here's a favorite quote from A.W. Tozer:
"Modern Christians hope to save the world by being like it, but it will never work. The Church's power over the world springs out of her unlikeness to it, never from her integration into it."
Tozer is onto something here.
Are we trying to be "cool" to gain a hearing for a message that has been "uncool" for centuries?
1 Corinthians 1:18-21 (NKJV) "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent."
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe."
No doubt we should speak in the language of the day so that people understand the Gospel message.
And we shouldn't use this as an excuse to be weird just to be weird.
But let's remember Christ doesn't call us to coolness but to a cross.
Luke 9:23-24 (ESV) And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it."
You trade worldly acceptance and esteem for unmatched joy and peace.
Novelty and insecurity for true relevance and stability.
The temporary for the eternal.
Some may call you a fool.
That's God's cool.