There Is No Such Thing as a Cool Christian
Of course, in the perspective of those who are rooted in the Serpent’s twisting of God’s words, I am exactly like those Christians. Thankfully, outside of moments of sinful pride, that frees me to fall into the arms of my Savior and live a life that is characterized by my identity in Christ Jesus.
In the freedom found in Christ, the primary concern for Christians should shift from winning cultural arguments to, instead, sharing the good news that salvation from sin is offered through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This summer, in the teen class that I teach at my church, we’re discussing hot-button issues. In the very first class of the series, I went through an abbreviated Biblical Theology – God’s story as revealed in the whole Bible. I told the class that every issue that we discuss this summer will have its ultimate answer in who God is, what is man’s relationship to God, and what restores that relationship. Every week, I continue to stress that whenever discussing the hot-button issues with others, our main priority should be to move the conversation to the gospel.
I understand that for some of the teens, they were hoping to learn arguments that will shut down the opposition and earn them the respect of their peers. I understand that, because there are times when I long for that. I can empathize with the need to be accepted and considered cool. Unfortunately, I’ve seen that need transform into full-bore rejection of Jesus. Remember, the cool kids will never ask you to sit at their table until you become just like them.
Winning an argument is less important than the salvation of sinners. Likewise, demonstrating that you are different from those Christians pales in comparison to the importance of sharing the gospel. There is no cultural argument that Christians can win that will earn the esteem of the world. If, regardless of how kind and gracious we act, we’re going to be called bigots and worse, we should strive to earn the slings and arrows of the world because of our gospel witness. Ultimately, what the world needs is to recognize their need for the salvation offered in Jesus, not that their cultural arguments and positions are wrong. When they disagree with us about things like abortion and homosexuality, they’re actually disagreeing with us about who God is and the only way to restore relationship with Him. That’s a disagreement that will never earn Christians the label of cool, no matter how it's dressed up.