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Friday, September 25, 2009

Cultural Relevance Continuum

Have you ever met a poser? Someone who does everything they can to pretend to be something they aren't is a poser. Sometimes churches or preachers are posers - they sell out to the culture to try to be relevant and lose any voice they might have had.

On the other end of the spectrum is the person who completely rejects culture. They avoid any reference culture. Some churches are living in a Jesus-bubble where current events and trends never intrude. They also have no voice to the world.

I won't argue for being somewhere in the middle - to try to walk a tightrope between God and culture. Instead, paraphrasing Brian McLaren, I'll argue for a third way.

We can't have a voice if we are absorbed by culture, or if we reject culture. But if we experience culture as aliens and strangers, we can still interact with it, but critique it.

What do you think?

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