I am the RANT-INATOR!!!

So Think Christian posted this a little while back. I link to the Think Christian article instead of the article they link because they do have some good comments on their site as well and I didn’t want those to be missed. This only comes up due to a conversation my self and my long time friend Raph had at Village Inn on Christmas Eve of all times and all places. I suppose it wasn’t so much a conversation as it was a rant by Raph with me nodding like a bobble head in agreement. Preaching to the choir as it were. Hopefully some one else in the place got something out of it that night. And I hope some one might read this and get something out of it as well.

Raph had gone to a “Christian” concert some time back and experienced what I think is an ever increasing unreality that Christians have a bad habit of falling in to. Losing site of the fact that we live in a secular world and that just because something isn’t all “Yay! Rah! God!” but is simply pleasant or good doesn’t mean that its bad because it doesn’t have Jesus or God or Messiah the words in it. The illustration he used made the point so well that I just have to repeat it. So here goes…

Why is it that we as Christians, generalizing here gang hang with me, tend to get our panties in a bunch when a band or artist that is either self proclaimed or labeled “Christian” decides to switch to a label that is secular? Why aren’t I persecuted by other Christians for being a computer technician working for a secular company when I could be working for a Christian one? Doesn’t that look a little hypocritical and judgmental? Or if a bands view changes such that they don’t feel the need to make worship music any more but decide to switch focus to the things of every day life they get slammed for it. Isn’t the every day life common to all men Christian and non? How then does this compromise anything? Haven’t you compromised your self by living the every day life then? Its the same logic.

This whole thing was rekindled when my friend Evonne made a comment about there not being enough Christ figure in Aslan in the new LWW(the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe) movie. First off Lewis didn’t intend the books to be “Christian” books. He wrote them of pure fantasy. Secondly the movie was made by the secular movie industry. Not because its “Christian” but because its amazing story telling. God gives gifts. We all know that and agree with it. For some the gift is creativity. The ability to imagine and write. To say that something come of a gift of God, while not overtly shouting the Christian propaganda, is bad or is selling out or something is ridiculous!

You have to understand that while scripture is an absolute it is fairly open in some places. You do have to be cautious in your interpretation and discernment however. Scripture says in Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The following verse puts this in context. v9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. No where does it say that the things you create and do have to say Jesus on/in them. Nor does it say that good things can’t come from secular sinful people. Does scripture indicate that a person who isn’t a believer can’t create something deemed noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report or virtuous!? Please show me where.
Jesus was a carpenter but I doubt every piece of work he did had a “Jesus Loves You” or “WWJD” lathed in to it. Perish the thought that Jesus as a man might not have created something that didn’t immediately and blatantly proclaim the name of God.

Please be cautious next time you begin to speak about other Christians who are endeavoring to make a living. Be mindful that you arn’t making your comments in pride or ignorance. We’re all humans and God provides for each of us in different ways.

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