What does Christianity have to offer culture? The last couple of years it has become evident that a post-Christian culture does not understand grace, forgiveness, and transformation. We offer these.
While that which is secret, underground, and unchecked needs to be exposed; as Christians we oppose the evil stronghold, not the person.
God forgave us, so we forgive.
All humans are flawed.
All humans behave wickedly.
All humans are offered grace.
“What God has made clean, do not call impure.” – Jesus (Acts 10:15)
*This is not in direct reaction to any current news story, but a general observation about our culture’s response to individual shortcomings.
The evangelical church has gone through several phases since the Super Bowl started taking place right in the middle of the traditional Sunday night service.
Phase 1 (1980s): You are a bad Christian if you even think about skipping Sunday night service to watch the Super Bowl.
Phase 2 (early 1990s): We will all watch the Super Bowl at the church. This will include a potluck, youth fundraiser, and technical difficulties.
Phase 3 (late 1990s): Watch the Super Bowl with a group from the church, but you have to turn it off and do a devotional at half time.
Phase 4a (late 2000s): Watch the Super Bowl at home, but don’t enjoy it too much. Don’t get used to skipping church!
Phase 4b (late 2000s): The weekly Sunday night service is eliminated. (See the correlation to Phase 4a)
Phase 5 (early 2010s). Make the Sunday morning worship service to the Almighty God revolve around a Super Bowl theme. 🙂Worship team, buy your favorite NFL jersey to wear on stage.
Phase 6 (late 2010s): Skip church all day, because it’s Super Bowl Sunday.
* Disclaimer: I had fun writing this post. It was not meant for pastoral direction or cultural critique.