Friends, The McMoment Culture & Evangelicals

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For years evangelicals sought the cultural acceptance denied them by the combativeness of fundamentalism. And now¢â‚¬¦according the a NYT article, they have succeeded, “Christianity doesn’t compete with pop culture. It is pop culture.” Yet look at the culture we have imitated to achieve these place at the popular table. It is a McMoment culture, superficial, possessing an incredible ¢â‚¬Ëœlightness of being.’ The incompatibility of Jesus severe calling to radically transformed thought and life stands in stark contrast to the frothy, shallowness of the culture we have chosen to imitate and emulate.

¢â‚¬¢ The good news? One of the hot young cartoonists at The New Yorker is a self -proclaimed devout Christian. The bad news? So far his most controversial strip involved two Girl Scouts standing at the door saying” Would you like to buy some Girl Scout crack.”
¢â‚¬¢ Kent Hovind is using an amusement park, “Dinosaur Adventure Land,”as a Darwin-free park for creationists. Taking the position that creation happened literally 6000 years ago, the park features the “Darwin” fish being eaten by the bigger fish labeled “truth.”
¢â‚¬¢ Ken Hutcherson and other Seattle religious leaders invited James Dobson to an entertainment venue at the Seattle Mariner’s Safeco Field to support traditional marriage.

Can serious issues be resolved through adopting popular culture or does popular culture inevitably lead to dumbing down and reductionism? Though not the intention of religious leaders, there is evidence that followers can move in that direction. Has such simplification led to an unsavory “us versus them?” I heard one shrill, whiny-voiced, radio talk show host complain that the problem with Christians is “we’re just not mad enough” about the issues. A call to a reactionary, emotional, verbally militant response hardly resonates with Jesus in the Gospels. Onbe woman showed up at the rally for the family because, “I knew the other side would turn out en masse. ” Did Jesus talk about “the other side?”

On a different subject? Saturday five westerners were gunned down in Saudi, leading many to evacuate the country this weekend. US reactions to the “barbarians” is muted somewhat by the continuing reports of certain members of our own military behaving “barbarically” towards Iraqi captives.

On a positive note: Sunday I was inspired by a local group who spoke at our church. Called the Sons of Sudan Foundation (director@sonsofsudan.org) they are ministering to some of the 300 Lost boys of Sudan living in the Puget Sound area. It reminded me of the amazing story of Francis Bok, himself one of the lost boys. I’ve posted his interview transcript and audio.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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