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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Tuesday
    Mar202012

    Being "Relevant"

    In a sincere and well-intentioned effort to show God’s love to others, many Christians have bought into the lie of needing to be “relevant” hook, line, and sinker. It is now OK to watch TV shows, movies, listen to songs, go to raves, and otherwise look exactly like the world, as long as it is “for Jesus”.

     

    Bible studies for teens now center around the most popular book series and films with a sprinkling of Scripture here and there to make it “legit”. 

     

    Here is my effort to prove that trying to be relevant leads down the opposite road from God, using…a popular movie series :) (based of course, on a popular book series).

     

    In The Lord of the Rings, the capital bad guy makes a very powerful, very evil, ring. This tiny thing becomes the cause of betrayals, wars, death, destruction, etc. The ring’s best trick is tempting and convincing others (especially powerful others) that it’s power can be used for good.

     

    One of the main points throughout the books, is that this ring CAN NEVER BE USED FOR GOOD. It was made by an evil being, for evil purposes. It is evil through and through and cannot be used for good. Period. When a good guy tries to use it, they become a bad guy. Get Tolkien’s drift?

     

    God NEVER commands us to travel down the unbeliever’s road for even a second, in order to try and bring them to the straight and narrow road.

     

    I’ve been there, done that, got the T-shirt. One time I thought myself above God’s word-He had a “special” plan for me. Another time I went to party I knew I had no business going to, but went so I could “evangelize” the host and hostess.

     

    That went really well as I ended up for the first time in my adult life in the middle of a drinking game (of which I bowed out of before I made any contribution). However, my “co-evangelizer” did not bow out, and ended up drunk before long.

     

    We choose not to say or act in a way that we deem MIGHT be offensive to an unbeliever (aka, not speaking or acting on truth). We don’t want to fall out of someone’s good graces so we can continue to have a good influence on them. But since we don’t see the big picture (and God does), it might be a better idea to do things His way.

    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).
     

    His way does not even give a nod to the concept of “relevancy”. When Jesus went to the tax collectors’ homes for dinner, He was INVITED. In other words, those people purposefully invited Jesus into their homes, knowing He was a controversial figure.

     

    Jesus did not walk into ancient bars or houses of prostitution in order to “witness” to those inside. He did not go to rowdy parties, or watch or participate in things that would grieve His Father (God) in order to entice people to love Him. You will not read where Jesus begged people to come to Him, quite the contrary actually (one example is Matthew 8:18-22).

     

    The lie of relevancy ends in Christians essentially prostituting themselves, which is defilement of both parties (and more than just one party is watching your life closely).

     

    Try this verse for evangelism instead,

    Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

    Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:12-16)

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