Christians spend a lot of time on leadership and “telling better stories.” Those aren’t bad things. In fact, they’re very good things.
But what if they’re missing the point?
One of the overarching problems with Christianity in America is its lack of reach throughout culture. There are no sitcoms that represent Christian values, no politicians that break the mold and rise above the political brew ha-ha. Sure, we had Passion of the Christ, but that was a while ago.
It feels as if we’ve almost retreated to our safe little corners where the tentacles of modern culture can no longer reach us. And so we write blogs for each other, create magazines and books for each other, and even have satire of our sub-culture.
What if instead we had Christians sprinkled throughout culture in ways that would engage the big ideas of the day and be able to speak to them with eloquence?
What if there were Christians hosting talk shows and interviewing their guests on faith while handling the topic with love?
What if there were Christians giving addresses that spoke to the horrors of our day like terrorism and what Christianity has to say on the topic (Mere Christianity anyone?)?
And not to say that no one is out there doing this. They are. But can you name one? And, more importantly, could a non-Christian name one? Because that’s the real question, isn’t it?
I lament the fact that Christian culture is not even taken seriously in many ways. Honestly, Christians aren’t even viewed as a “threat.” They’re just the “crazy religious” people who give up easily and don’t have anything to contribute (science debunked the whole thing anyways, right?).
Christians have to start taking seriously the call to be salt. Salt, in Jesus’ day, was sprinkled across the entirety of a piece of meat to keep it from decaying. Simply putting salt on half the meat didn’t help. If one half rotted, the other was rotted just the same.