Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Just Saying...

Hardly a theological mind (I often find myself quite frustrated by things he proclaims on the airways) but ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd made the following analogy the other day:

A crude joke has its place. A crude joke belongs on the golf course with your buddies, but not at church on Sunday.
A couple observations:
    There is no place for a crude joke. Understandably (Sadly, I've never heard Cowherd profess anything close to Christ), Cowherd is using pagan philosophy; where some language is appropriate for locker rooms and not in other locations.
    But if he gets that such language is inappropriate in a church, why can't others? So, Cowherd would blush at church if a buddy asked him to repeat a joke told on the links the day before. Is the problem the church? A place where he cannot be authentic but feels pressure to be someone else. Or, is the problem sin.
You see, when coarse language is white-washed as "being authentic," we're really acquiescing to the world. We're not making our fellowship relevant, nor are we tearing down cultural walls. We're excusing our sin for the sake of self-righteous claims...the height of hypocrisy.

The world can spot the problem, they just don't have the right solution.

[If you have no clue what I am talking about, but are curious, check out this this link. Or this.]

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