This is a part 2 to yesterday’s post about the movement to make Christianity cool, though it takes a different turn.
The most common complaint against the hipster Christianity movement is simply: “the Bible says our ways are not of this world and therefore we will ALWAYS be seen as foolish.” In fact this gets said all the time.
This is the whole “we are aliens here on earth, awaiting our return to our rightful home of heaven.”
I ain’t a fan o’ such thinkin’.
The alien/we’ll-always-be-seen-as-foolish argument grants license to Christians to be a bit odd. We take it to mean we’ll always been seen as weird and goofy because of our beliefs, and so we shouldn’t fret when we get slapped with all sorts of labels.
I’d venture to say many people take it so far that there is little, if nothing, that separates us from a cult. I hate to say it, but I’ve shared this view from time to time.
I think the foolish thing got misunderstood, I think we don’t totally get what sets us apart and makes us look a little bizarre. This line of thinking legitimized escapist beliefs like the rapture and host of other things, but missed the point of what makes us foolish.
So what is foolish about Christianity you may ask? It is the giving of your love and life away for others – for forgiving when you’ve been wronged and the situation will not be righted. You are viewed as foolish because sometimes you lose – whatever was done will not be fully corrected and therefore you had something that you will not get back. You are viewed as foolish when you don’t use the traditional manipulations of power, when you decide to be peaceful instead of the instant results of violence.
So yes, we’re supposed to look foolish, but because of our love! We will always look odd washing feet instead of taking the place of high esteem, and we will always look foolish offering a second cheek to be slapped, but it is our love, perseverance, grace, forgiveness and unrelenting desire for reconciliation that will make us look weird.
Where have you seen the “foolish” argument used to justify something? Are there any areas that I missed?