This is a beautifully made short film:
Ours is a culture of cheap, low-quality entertainment; cheap, low-quality politics; cheap, low-quality religion; cheap, low-quality education. We are so adapted to the tradeoff between inexpensive and mediocre that we hardly notice it anymore–until, of course, we have nothing else to choose from except the vulgar, the dishonest, and the middlebrow. And at that point, often a point of no obvious return, we lament, “How on earth did we get here?”
I have noticed a few annoying patterns amongst our tribe that just need to stop…immediately.
I’m curious if you recognize these patterns in other pastors or yourself. Also, I would love to hear your opinion on typical pastoral behaviors that need to stop.
Um, a lot.
I am sure many Christian parents feel the same way I do—awestruck by the opportunity and responsibility that is ours. In fact, my wife Karen and I are often asked about building a Christian home and rearing children who grow up to follow Christ. We will be the first to admit that we are far from accomplished. On the contrary, we just keep plugging away, seeking the Lord’s grace in our children’s lives, as in our own.
Both our quality and quantity of sharing is going up, but ourauthenticity of sharing is going down. Fleshing that out, it means thanks to technology, it is easier to share than it ever has been before, and so we do. Technology has not only enabled to share more from a volume standpoint, it has also enabled us to share more quality things. Thanks to filters, the ease of picture-taking, and quick editing you can make sure that every image is rightly lit and perfectly posed and that every statement has just the right amount of snark and cleverness. These are our best moments, our best statements, and our best thoughts, “shared.”
Here’s the tricky part: we should feel guilty sometimes, because sometimes we are guilty of sin. Complacency as Christians is a real danger, especially in America.
Yet I don’t believe God redeemed us through the blood of his Son that we might feel like constant failures. Do Peter and John post-Pentecost seemed racked with self-loathing and introspective fear? Does Paul seem constantly concerned that he could be doing more? Amazingly enough, Paul actually says at one point “I am not aware of anything against myself” (1 Cor. 4:4). He’s quick to add, “I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.” But it sure seems like Paul put his head on the pillow at night with a clean conscience. So why do so many Christian feel guilty all the time?
I wrote this a year ago, following Canada’s 2015 federal election. I still pray these things will come to pass.