CSC #1 What is a CSC?

For the past few years I’ve appeared on this show yammering on about my observations at the intersection of faith and culture. My interest in relating faith to culture was born when as a new Christian I started college in SF
in the 1960’s
in the midst of a cultural revolution.

Having just read the gospels and seeing Jesus out in the world¢â‚¬¦
I headed off to Filmore West to a Jefferson Airplane concert
And sat between two guys who were smoking marijuana
And asked what would Jesus do¢â‚¬¦
I observed a lost generation having their conversations
about faith through the music and movies of the day.
The Doobie Brothers-Jesus is just alright
Norman Greenbaum Spirit in the sky
Joni Mitchell we are stardust we are golden we are caught in the devil’s bargain..
We’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden
I thought to myself-these people need God¢â‚¬¦
Where’s the Church?
The church in those days was often withdrawn from the culture
Circling the wagons to keep the bad guys out and the good guys in¢â‚¬¦

Or the church was combative with culture.
Remember the destroy the Beatles albums parties?

I couldn’t reconcile the churches actions with Jesus-
Who wasn’t cocooned from the culture but was in it¢â‚¬¦
he wasn’t combative with the culture¢â‚¬¦but loved people, even his enemies s
And who also wasn’t confirmed—but was a transforming presence in culture.

So when people ask me “what does a CSC look like, I say.
A CSC looks like Jesus in the world.
Jesus was a CSC
So What IS a CSC?
Simple a culturally savvy Christian is a follower of Jesus who is
serious about the centrality of faith in their life
savvy, that is “they get it” about both faith and culture
and skilled in relating faith and culture to each other.

We’re starting a new series of commentaries called the CSC
Each week I’ll share something I’m learning about being a CSC.
For now remember this
a CSC is serious about faith, savvy about faith and culture
And skilled in relating the two.

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