Thursday, January 26, 2012


Christian Negativism

MMI notes that Josh McDowell said:
The Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have… whether you like it or not… Now here is the problem. Going all the way back, when Al Gore invented the Internet [he said jokingly], I made the statement off and on for 10-11 years that the abundance of knowledge, the abundance of information, will not lead to certainty; it will lead to pervasive skepticism. And, folks, that’s exactly what has happened. It's like this. How do you really know, there is so much out there! This abundance [of information] has led to skepticism. And then the Internet has leveled the playing field [giving equal access to skeptics].
Todd gets pretty smarmy pretty quick and ultimately concludes:
Instead of just telling us what a huge problem something is… give some solutions. Come on folks… let’s make it happen. If the internet is the biggest threat out there, let’s mobilize and do something about it (other than trying to get atheists banned from the internet).

Stirring up the base just stirs up the base. It doesn’t create or do anything but get lots of amens.
But Todd misses the point, stirring up the base does maintains the base which in turn maintains the cash flow. And that dear friends may be the greatest danger facing Christianity today. We are rapidly becoming defined by what we oppose instead of what benefit we offer. That may reflect our culture and it may even produce "success" in terms of audience size and cash flow, but does it reflect being the holders of GOOD NEWS?

Strikes me that Christ and the apostles did not spend their ministry in opposition. They acted like they were the victors. Which in fact they were.

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