A while back I was talking with someone about their recent work and they mentioned they were working on creating an online social community network. I thought, “That’s exciting. Go on.”
“Yeah, it’s going to be like Facebook… but for Christians.”
Face-palm moment. I shared that I think Facebook is already for Christians, depending on how we use it. Why create a virtual country club of Christendom when it’s our job to be part of God’s ongoing redemption plan for the world?
Why do we do that, create Christian-exclusive spin-offs (more like really cheesy knock-offs) of culture and life? Christian music. Christian t-shirts. Christian bumper stickers. Christian radio.
Are those things bad? Not necessarily, although each time I listen to K-Love I’m reminded why I don’t listen to K-Love, and it has very little to do with the music. I’m all about positive, encouraging messages, but that doesn’t mean a 10-minute diatribe from your DJ on their morning commute or their new workout routine. Pass.
There is a much-needed shift that’s taking place with some dynamic influencers in the Church, like Mark Burnett and Roma Downey who say they’re Christians who makes movies instead of saying they’re Christian movie makers, or Lecrae who’s topping Rolling Stones album charts for both Rap and Gospel genres, or Scott Harrison, founder of charity:water, the world’s leader in fixing the water crisis plaguing over 750 million people without access to clean drinking water.
These are just a few of many Christ-followers who are choosing to let their faith empower, not restrict them to be in the midst of culture. I don’t want to run a Christian business; I want to run a business that’s built on Christ’s principles.
When we start drawing boundary lines of insulation from culture, we become the outcasts by default and by our own devices. Jesus didn’t say, “Go into all the world by building an insulated community of people who only think, act, talk, and walk like you do.” That’s not the Gospel; that’s the self-preservation of comfort.
The world won’t know we are Christians by our t-shirts, frankly they won’t care. They will know we’re Christians by how well we communicate Christ’s love and hope for redemption. It’s time we turn “Christian” from an adjective into a noun.
We get to be a part of changing how the world sees Christians by making fantastic music, creating incredible art, producing industry-quality films, running Fortune 500 businesses, and becoming thought leaders on important issues of culture and philosophy, and all of this while following Christ.