Parody or Postmodernity?
I was reading Phil Johnson’s blog and ran across this jewel, provided by Nathan. I think Phil aptly described my own feelings when he stated, "It was funny, horrifying, deeply disturbing, and appalling all at once." (I look forward to reading more of Phil’s blog. At first glance, it appears as though Nathan has covered just about every subject I had planned on blogging in just one blog! =:o Still, I can hardly wait to read beyond the headings.)
I think the guy who produced this video is serious and not making fun of Christianity, though I did wonder at first. Obviously this young man is talented; however, it has become an unfortunate trend in the church to mix worldly pleasures with the things of God. What is even more unfortunate is that this type of behavior is highly encouraged by our church leaders in an effort to draw the younger crowd into the church (though, there are also compromises in other areas of the church, but I’ll leave that for another blog entry), thus creating false converts. I'm not saying that the young man who created the video is a false convert, but I know there are many out there.
Somewhere along the line our Creator was morphed from who He really is-- God Almighty who demands and deserves our reverence, the God who chastises those whom He loves, the God who leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake-- into an impostrous "loving" (read: non-judgmental) God who is "hip and cool" and does not hold one accountable.
Please do not get me wrong, I am not saying that God is not loving (read: gentle and comforting) and longsuffering because He most certainly is. But the love of God is pure, holy and just. It does not tolerate compromise or stand for irreverence. There will always be consequences of one degree or another to one's actions whether good or bad, and it is quite dangerous to teach otherwise.
Our pastors need to repent and stop with the gimmicks already. They need to lead by putting their faith in the word of God, lifting up Jesus who will draw all men unto Him instead of allowing compromise to overrun the church by preaching "feel good, non-offensive" messages. They need to be preaching holiness and reverence, obedience and sacrifice, and holding their congregations accountable for their actions. It is my prayer that this young man will wise up and direct his talents toward an uncompromised approach of witnessing and preaching the gospel and drop the über-coolness act.