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Proud to Be Different (But Not Too Proud) May 7, 2013

Filed under: Within the Church — christical @ 9:32 pm
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Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” (John 18:36 NASB)

One of the greatest proclamations of the Christian faith is that, like Jesus, we are “not of this world.”

What people think when you say this:

    • “Are you one of those Christians who brags about not owning a television?”
    • “Please don’t give me a tract. Please, please, please don’t give me a tract.”

Some will go deeper and say that we Christians are “in the world but not of the world.”

What people think when you say this:

    • “Did they just add to a Christian catchphrase? How hipster of them.”
    • “What does that mean?”

Let’s focus on the last response.

It means that while we lead the world by the example of godly living in the world, we do not take part in the ungodly acts of the world (I mean hate crimes, bombings, and the daily unkindness we show to our fellow man). The statement goes even further for church worship teams.

Church worship teams have it difficult, especially in the Lutheran Church. The young people want us to be edgier; the old people want us to be less edgy. Thus, we take out our identity crisis-related angst on subtleties.

Signs that your church is suffering from identity angst and taking it out on subtleties:

  1. The worship leader drinks coffee constantly.
  2. At least one member wears fake glasses.
  3. Every song transition contains one sentence ending in “Amen?”
  4. You don’t use PowerPoint. You use MediaShout, which is like PowerPoint but much cooler.
  5. You make it clear that you don’t use PowerPoint.
  6. The team ends a quarter of the songs with a minor chord.
  7. Despite what the pastor (whose first name is apparently Pastor) says, the worship leader will sing a song with “Alleluia” during Lent if he/she likes said song.

Take a look a the above list. If you agree to four or more of the above, then your church is being subtly rebellious.

Congratulations–you just learned what it means to be “in the world but not of the world.”


One Response to “Proud to Be Different (But Not Too Proud)”

  1. Mrs w Says:

    So who wears fake glasses? 🙂

    Note from JFG: That would be (formerly) me. 😉 But since the percussionist’s wife does the MediaShout slides now, she has become our token bespectacled person.

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