Tullian Tchividjian offers this “quiz” to help Christians determine to what degree they’ve kowtowed to culture, be it Christ-less culture or “Christian” culture.
YOU MAY BE TOO FASHIONABLE IF . . .
- You can look around at church and notice that everybody is basically the same age and they look and dress pretty much like you do.
- You can’t stand singing a worship song that was “in” five years ago-much less singing a hymn from another century.
- You believe social justice is more important than evangelism OR evangelism is more important than social justice.
- The church you go to is so dimly lit during worship that you can’t see the person singing next to you, much less the person across the room.
- You’ve attended a “leadership” conference which taught you more about organization and props than proclamation and prayer.
- You’re goal in spending time with non-Christians is to demonstrate that you’re really no different than they are and to prove this you curse like a sailor, drink like a fish, and smoke like a chimney.
- You’ve concluded that everything new is better than anything old OR that everything old is better than anything new.
- You think that the way Jesus lived is more important than what Jesus said.
- You believe that the best way to change our culture is to elect a certain kind of politician.
- The church you’ve chosen is defined more by its reaction to “boring” churches than by its response to a needy world.
- You’ve decided that everything done by the church you grew up in was way wrong and you’re now, thankfully, part of an in vogue “community” that does everything right.
- The one verse you wish wasn’t in the Bible is John 14:6 where Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by me.” That’s way too narrow!
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