Sunday, September 25, 2011
The King's New Clothes
Two words have recently captivated my conscious mind. No, they are NOT Facebook & Google. They are subculture and counterculture!
My spirit says that we have become the former but Christ's intention was that we be the latter!
As a sub culture (a social group within a national culture that has distinctive patterns of behavior and beliefs) we are, in essence, still a product of the Western/American, Capitalistic, Individualistic, Materialistic & Humanistic way of life.
It seems that the 'house of the Lord' which WE have built looks more like a theological house of cards or the mirror image of the American corporate icon than a "new and living way."
I am afraid that such heretical thoughts may give birth to an experiential encounter with Christianity, not as a religion or system of believing or thinking but as a new way of living - and living by a new and divine source of life - the Holy Spirit.
Then, I/we may discover the true meaning of the phrase Counter-culture:
'A culture with values or lifestyles in opposition to those of the established culture.'
Unfortunately much of what is touted as counter cultural within modern or post modern Christianity, is simply an attempt to dress up traditional Western Christianity in new, more fashionable and acceptable modern attire! It is conforming Christianity to modern thinking or ideas rather than the image of Jesus Christ.
It is, in essence, no different than the evangelicalism it seeks to displace.