Monday, October 4, 2010

The Monday Funday: WTF church- Relevance gone awry?

Want to know if your culturally up to date with the next generation? Check out this picture...  what do you see?  A church using banners to advertise their core values? Or something much more provocative?

WTF church? I have to admit I laughed out loud when I first saw this.  How could a church be so out of touch to not notice this?  I shook my head and lamented how culturally naive some churches could be.

Turns out I was dead wrong.  This isn't a case of a culturally naive church, but rather just the opposite: a church intentionally using a controversial cultural abbreviation to create buzz for their core values and their church.

Read this blog from (a blog who is no stranger to a provocative marketing as you can see) and let me know what you think:  Has this church gone too far or are they reaching those who are far away? Are they cutting edge or cutting corners spiritually?  

How does a church balance the line of the necessity of relevance and set apartness of holiness?  Jesus hung out with sinners but walked sinless. He crossed the religious leaders "set apart" line many times and yet called us to be set apart.  Paul quoted heathen poets in his worship of the one true God and yet blasted traditional views on what is took to be "saved" (grace vs law). 

What do you think? How do we as the church walk that fine line of communicating the timeless, holy word of God in a ever changing, sin warped culture that doesn't speak the language of traditional church?

Where would you draw the line?

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