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The pathetic state of modern

The pathetic state of modern evangelicalism
I found this little conversation with a Pastor of a Liberal Arts College in the States on a great web site I just found called “Radical Christ”. In the article he brutally, yet accurately analizes the current state of evangelicalism in North America. He surmises that modern evangelicalism needs to die, and that a new breed of what he calls ďAlt-EvangelicalsĒ needs to arise from itís ashes. I donít agree with everything he says in the article, but his overriding thesis is powerful and needs to be heard. Hereís just a sample of the article. I highly recommend reading the entire thing.

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Many evangelicals, like myself, feel the need to be separated from what evangelicalism has come to represent. For me, and many of my friends – both believers and non-believers – evangelicalism does not invite us into the wild Kingdom of good-news, but instead lures us into a marketing sub-culture mimicking the larger culture.

We evangelicals are so married to a culture of consumption that we unashamedly think we can sell, market, and pre-package a life with God, like the way we sell, market, and pre-package merchandise in the mall. Being referred to as an evangelical is now an association with a culture that seeks to manipulate a free response to God. Instinct tells me to distrust what we are selling. I don’t like the product. I do not want to be a part of the market-driven plot of God manipulation. I do not want to buy what we are selling.

From music, to books, to movies we simply take what is already going on and repackage the same product with a Christian spin. Look through the Christian music scene and you discover groups described as the “Christian Dave Matthews”, “Christian Pearl Jam”Ö one artist (who shall be protected) was even described as a “Christian Madonna.” Now, with the exception of the Mother of Jesus, I’m sure people stopped using this description rather quickly. A Christian Madonna is somewhat of an oxymoron.

Go to your local Christian bookstore. Our reading list is not much better. Browsing through my local vender of Christian books I was sadly disappointed. Secular culture offers the exceedingly popular, 7 habits of Highly Effective People; Christian Evangelical culture sells us Habits of Highly Effective Churches, and 77 Habits of Highly Ineffective Christians. Secular culture gave us: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Christian Culture offers us: Men are like Waffles, women are like Spaghetti (really someone published this!). American culture gave us Life’s Little instruction book; evangelicalism offers us: God’s Little Instruction Book.

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November 6, 2002 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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