I Timothy 6: 11-16, “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”
There is a disturbing trend in some “churches” and has been for some time to try to make Jesus more “accessible”. In order to “gain the world” they compromise truth and downplay Who Jesus is in order to make Him more palatable to worldlings. To that end He, Jesus, is often portrayed as cool.
Cool? Jesus? Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer and Savior, yes…but cool?
Looking at what passes as churches today, the message that many are giving is this: Jesus needs us to portray Him as “cool” in order for the world to “accept” Him. Jesus is GOD. By Him everything was created. In Him all things hold together. Through Him salvation is offered. But, apparently that isn’t enough. Changes must be made. Jesus must be presented as personable, personal and cool for anyone to even have a hope of desiring Him.
He’s cool and He’s your buddy. How sick is that?
And that’s not all. The church that He died to establish? Well, that church has to be made relevant, must be in tune with the times, absolutely has to be seeker friendly…or folks just won’t be interested. At least, so we’re told.
Well, okay, yes, I agree, we must be relevant and we must be seeker friendly but there the similarities end. See, it isn’t a modern worldly sin-filled society that the church needs to be relevant to, it is the Lord; and the only Seeker we need to be worried about pleasing is the God Who seeks us and finds us according to His will alone.
But we don’t know that, see, because we haven’t actually read the Word given to us by the One we claim to worship. But that’s okay. Surely God won’t mind because He just loves us so much.
But you see, folks that would object to what they’re doing, to their methods, they just don’t understand how nice a guy Jesus really is. Jesus is just so cool and it’s cool to worship Him we must try to be cool too so all of those folks we’re bringing in will be comfortable. We dress up (or down as the case may be or, in the case of some, barely dress at all…after all, Jesus just wants us to be happy) and head to what was formerly known as church where we sing our man-centered mantras (in places that look more like rock arenas than churches) while waving our pretty little manicured hands in the air (when we’re not sipping our lattes). We weave back and forth and bounce up and down and clap our hands and sing about our God lighting our fire and fool ourselves into thinking that we are worshiping Almighty GOD and being relevant to those all around us who are doing the exact same things.
And we’re just so proud of ourselves for it, don’t ya know?
But is God pleased? I don’t think so. In fact, I’m certain of it.
We can look all we want and we’re never going to find a verse that calls Jesus our buddy or tells us to “Go into all the world and teach them that Jesus is cool”. Not one.Do you suppose that I can’t find it in my Bible because it simply isn’t there?
One day we will all have to answer for all that we have done. One day we will also have to answer to God for the way we have presented Him to others, for the way we have “worshiped” Him (if we dare even call it that), for our devotion to self and our ways instead of devotion to the Lord and His. For our love of the world.
For daring to present the Son of God as cool.