“It’s Officially ‘Cool’ To Be A Christian”

Posted: July 25th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

I am a subscriber to Direct TV, mainly for their selection of “Christian” stations. One of my favorites is GMC, the Gospel Music Channel. They play music videos and concerts most of the day. There is a commercial that has been playing a lot lately that annoys me. it has some teens in it skateboarding and doing other “teen” things. The tag line that is repeated several times in the commercial is, “It’s Officially ‘Cool’ To Be A Christian”.

C’mon. It’s cool to be a Christian? They think this is going to appeal to the younger generation. For me, it was reminiscent of the, “this is your brain on drugs” fried egg commercials from my youth. Hokey.

Have the creators of this commercial read the Bible? the list of people in it who served God that were considered “cool” are definitely in the minority. Plus there are plenty of verses like,

john 15:18-21, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.”

Add to that most of the disciples were martyred.

If you choose to believe in God because you think it is cool, I am afraid you will not last long in the faith. It has to be based on your love for him, no matter the cost.

Luke 14:25-35, “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’

“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with

twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way

off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Sorry, I had to rant for a minute. Cool to be a Christian? Read the news people.

- mooney

  • http://www.jasonclement.com Jason Clement

    I love the GMC!!! Finally I can watch some Christian music videos, although I must say my favorite shows are the live stuff. I have the Front Row Live episodes of The Afters and of Mike Farris on the TIVO for repeated viewings and also the Faith and Fame series which gives you a taste of the artist as a real person, not just another “celebrity”.

    I can’t recall the commercial you are talking about (mainly because lately the same videos over and over have caused me to not watch as much… thank God for TIVO) but I think maybe the point they are trying to make is that you no longer have to wear a tie 24:7, listen to only music without “evil drums”, or give up other things we enjoy as humans that were once taboo and meant you were on a quick trip straight to a fiery hell.

    It’s OK to be a cool skateboarder AND still be a Christian right?

  • cornishevangelist

    Do Not Be Surprised
    Do not be surprised when some church leaders do not accept you, for there has always been people who hold high positions in churches who speak evil of men and women of God.

    Many of God’s people over the centuries have come up against people like that. We read in 3 John v 9 & 10, of an elder called Diotrophes, who with foolish and malicious words spoke evil of the Apostles and who would not receive them or their teachings.

    He loved to have pre-eminence among the local church at that time, and if any did not obey him, he would have them thrown out of the church. Have things really changed today?


  • http://tsdi.wordpress.com/ baddogmooney

    jason – Thanks for the note. I agree, I love the channel, and 90% of the programming; my favorite being front row live. I see the point you’re making. I guess my post is a knee-jerk reaction to the “be a Christian and everyone will be your friend, and nothing will go wrong in your life” message that gets preached. Christ accepts you, so why look for man’s approval on it?

    cornish – Thanks for your thoughts. I agree, we shouldn’t be giving people the notion that they will accepted by others for following Jesus’ teachings.

  • http://www.jasonclement.com Jason Clement

    Maybe only cool Christians watch the GMC?

    Watch the GMC and you too can be a cool Christian? Not so much with the entire world… but with other Christians anyway?

    It’s all marketing…

    “Follow Jesus and get to heaven free! FREE! FREE! FREE!”
    cross, suffering and persecution sold separately.

  • http://www.jasonclement.com Jason Clement

    Here’s a great write up I found a while ago by Kent Shaffer…

    The 4 P’s of Jesus’ Ministry Marketing

    Jesus is perfect. He was sinless. Therefore, His ministry was perfect. It was remarkable, and consequently, it created word of mouth.

    Jesus’ ministry was free, financially speaking. It was accessible to both the wealthy and the poor. However, because Jesus’ ministry (His product) was perfect, He frequently experienced more demand for His ministry than He and His disciples could supply. People were willing to tear a hole in someone else’s roof so their paralyzed friend could see Jesus (Mark 2:4). In Mark 3:20, Jesus and His disciples could not find time to eat. And when at the lake, Jesus used a boat as an escape plan just in case the people crowded Him off the beach (Mark 3:8-9). Sometimes to lessen the demand, He raised the cost of the time and effort needed to see Him by traveling to a secluded place (Mark 1:45). But people still came from everywhere to see Him.

    PLACE (Distribution)
    Jesus frequently traveled to make Himself accessible to a greater region of people. He ministered in the synagogues, the streets, and the countryside. He ministered everywhere.

    Jesus had no need to promote His ministry because the “product” was flawless. People promoted His ministry for Him. However, because He had a face-to-face ministry, it could be said that He used personal selling for promotion.

  • http://tsdi.wordpress.com/ baddogmooney

    Jake – you’re a riot

  • Chris

    Great post!