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The gospel isn’t cool.

May 5, 2012

I really want the gospel (and Christianity as a whole) to be cool. But it’s not. I want the gospel to sound as cool as The Avengers or anything else that has popular attention right now. But it doesn’t. I think that’s why it’s so hard for me to share the gospel. It’s not just that I don’t want a relationship to feel awkward, which I don’t, it’s that I want there to be this instant “oh yeah, that sounds awesome!” moment, but it’s not like that.

Think about what the gospel is saying: you’re bad, you’re not enough, there are consequences for your actions and you don’t get to live how you want. There’s more, but just those four things are completely against what the world tells you: you’re a good person, you are independent, you can escape consequences and be your own person. In fact those are the most important things today. So when you tell someone the opposite, you couldn’t be more uncool.

I was reminded yesterday, as I was thinking about this, what God says about His gospel: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18). God knows it’s not “cool” or “hip” or popular to believe the message of the cross. But is that supposed to stop us? Five verses later, Paul says, “…but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles” (v. 23). Right after noting how foolish and uncool the message of the gospel is, Paul says, ‘but we do it anyway!’

We don’t believe in or share the gospel to be cool. It shouldn’t sound ‘cool’…but it should sound radical and costly.

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