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Monday, March 27, 2006

Evangelical teens rally in S.F.

An interesting article on how some believers are dealing with culture. I can't say that I agree, but see for yourself.


Blogger Nathan D.F. said...

All the war rhetoric they throw around is what makes me feel the most uneasy. It creates too much of an 'us vs them' mentality, forcing people to pick a side. Christians end up feeling like they have to go to war against the non-christians, and the non-christians end up thinking we hate them because we have that mentality. Not to mention there's enough war going on in the world as it is, I sincerely don't think we need people thinking us Christians are out looking for yet another crusade.
Summary - We should be more concerned about getting people to FEEL the love of God, not waging war on them.

1:18 AM

Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

This topic was nicely addressed in a book I finished reading a couple of weeks ago. Donal Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, writes in his "Searching for God Knows What" about how there is a tendancy to justify ourselves to popular culture. He writes, "...morality as a battle cry against a depraved culture is simply not a New Testament idea. Morality as a ramification of our spiritual union and relationship with Christ, however, is."
Christ was the master of speaking to the individual, even if he was speaking to 10,000 people. His method of changing the world was never using a political rally. He spoke to individual hearts. How many of us have ever heard of great things come from large rallys or protests? They usually amount to a hill of beans...all that screaming and anger, and finger pointing. No one arrives at those things expecting to be a listener...only to shout.

5:36 PM

Blogger Nathan D.F. said...

Adding to my comment about the us and them mentality, I quote Donald Miller (brians comment on him reminded me of this) - "In war you shoot the enemy, not the hostage." That is in his book Searching for God Knows What. Basically he means to say that sin is our only enemy, not people. We should not withold our love from anybody just because they have opposing views or even morals than us. Christ loves them just as much as us, and we have no right to get in the way of that. We need to show them His love not make judgement calls and withold it from them.

12:36 AM

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11:26 PM

Blogger Jadon said...

I like Slacktivist's analysis:

11:28 PM

Blogger Timothy Wright said...

I think it is great these folks getting out there and saying what they believe and then backing it up. Nothings perfect, nothing ever will be, they are in process just like the folks in emergent, and shouldn't be nailed for everything. I wouldn't choose the way they are wording things but they are different than me and have a different life than me. Every body in San Farncisco can insult Jesus and His because of these kids and thats ok too. Jesus loves all these people on both sides of this dialogue. It may not be my type of dialogue, but it sure is. They hear each other, and absolutley dislike what they each stand for.


5:07 PM


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