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Being One of the Cool Kids

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Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
or seek help from the Lord.  
Isaiah 31:1

I pay $4.00 for a cup of Starbucks coffee, when I could pay half that elsewhere.  And I pay with my iPhone.  And I follow American Idol (sort of).  And I watch ESPN Sportcenter pretty much every day.  And I follow secular bloggers, like Seth Godin and Michael Hyatt.  I do most of these things because I want to be a part of this culture where I live…I want to understand it and to be accepted in it.  I want to have influence in it as well.  To be blunt, I want to be one of the cool kids.

I will also admit to you that I want this, even knowing that there are times and circumstances when it is not God’s first and perfect will for me.  What I mean by that is…being one of the cool kids may well be more important to me sometimes than it should be.  I try to be cognizant of that, but I am certain I sometimes miss the mark.  I know that I am capable of looking in the wrong places for my acceptance…making “alliances” for my security other than with the Lord.  In this regard, I am definitely still just a work in progress.

Judah did that with Egypt.  In the face of certain discipline from God (at the hands of the Assyrians), rather than turning toward God and taking their medicine, they turned toward Egypt for acceptance and security.  God’s path for them was going to be difficult and …

Relevance v. Reverence: Can a Church Choose Both?

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I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. I Corinthians 9:22-23

We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. I Thessalonians 2:4-6

Every once in a while, an athlete comes along who changes the way we think about a sport.  Deion Sanders did that.  Remember this commercial?

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People like Deion remind us that our assumptions about settling for “either/or” are sometimes wrong…that sometimes we need to be demanding “both”.

There is a debate among churches today regarding the importance of being relevant versus the importance of honoring tradition and preserving doctrinal purity.  The implication, of course, is that you have to choose…that you can either be respectful of tradition and dogmatic about doctrine, or you can change and become culturally relevant and “user friendly”.

The debate rages on.  One church twists and contorts and becomes almost unrecognizable trying to “become relevant” to its culture, while the church across the street stubbornly sits on several generations of tradition trying to “remain pure” and reverent.  And in the meantime, as they each fight to represent their camp in this debate, their common goal of changed lives and Spiritual power are somehow lost in the arguing.

I don’t know where you have stood in this argument, but I suspect I know where Paul stood.  Paul was one who believed strongly in “becoming all things to all people” and in not trying to be …