“I once thought that if you were a Christian, you had to wear it on your sleeve, literally. You had to look the part, whether it was your unfashionably short hair, your way cool “God’s Gym” T-shirt or your kickin’ Michael W. Smith or, better yet, Carman tunes pumping out of your Sony Walkman. If you were carrying a Bible, as if it were a question, you were carrying something big and profound looking. Salvation was a formula, and the fact that you were a Republican, at least if you were of voting age, went without saying. Movies, at least the ones rated “R” for anything other than violence were a definite no-no. Books containing anything other than five simple steps to holiness were also a no-no, although Christian fiction and the occasional classic was allowed. It was a bizarre world into which fundamental Christianity tried to adapt me.

In years since, I’ve broken out of that mold, and conversations like these cause my heart pain. It pains me that we are afraid of movies like Dogma and Brokeback Mountain. The truth is that if a movie so shakes our faith, it wasn’t that solid to begin with. Instead, perhaps some of us need to jump onto Mute Math’s bandwagon and abandon the “Christian” bubble and head out into the world of the secular. Maybe, just maybe, we can start working toward helping others to have a healthy understanding of the Gospel of Christ and the Church. Perhaps we’ll realize that we are all fallen and that it is simply an act of grace that saves us. Perhaps we’ll even think to befriend others, love them and share that message with them when it’s appropriate because we love them, not because it’s expected. In the meantime, I’ve got to go watch Monty Python’s Holy Grail. It’s calling to me …”

::Andrew Greenhalgh

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~ by Dan Browne on July 26, 2007.

One Response to “Article”

  1. Very valid point. I’d agree with this.

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