A Christian discussion blog for those interested in living a blend of Christianity that is as counter-cultural as it’s supposed to be. As a counter-culture we need to make ourselves truly different, yet also truly available – to anyone and everyone. Postmodernism is here and the Church needs to embrace a paradigm shift- (i.e.- emergence). And we need to do this while coming together (i.e. convergence). The journey continues…

Friday, March 18, 2005

Christianity as a Counter-Culture

Recently I read a great interview with Eugene Peterson in which he detailed the fact that when we as Christians cater too much to the whims of our contemporary society, we fail on two accounts. 1.) We make the gospel less than the truly counter-cultural message that it is, and 2.)we offer an idealogy that blends in with a million other "isms" that are competing for the prize of reaping the masses. I totally agree with that sentiment.

Ironically, because I as a 30-something, am part of a generation that has been raised on "image advertising", I'm actually suspicious of anything that sounds too nice, too easy, too familiar. I think many non-Christians feel the same. They're actually looking for soemthing that stands out as completely counter-cultural. Something not easy- but perhaps hard- but most of all- REAL.


Blogger Darren King said...

While there is no shortage of negative baggage related to the post-modernism that is prevalent in much of Wester society today, there are also some really positive shifts; I suppose that's true of any era and its philosophical leanings.

The aspect of postmodernism that I'm thinking of- is a belief in mystery; a belief in reality that supersedes pure logic and most certainly pure materialism. We as the Church could really seize this opportunity to talk about the mystery that surrounds our faith.

Unfortunately, in the West, the Church has lost much of that sense of the "unknowingness" of our Christian experience. I say its high time we got more in touch with that mystery again. In mystery there is mystical romance- and surely that's a journey we'd all love to be on- and a journey God would love to lead us on.

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