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When I first started RadicalChristianWoman.com (back when it was SuperRadChristianWriterChick), I wanted to create an online space for people who needed to go deeper.
Personally, I needed to challenge all the woes I saw occurring in the church.
I saw a lot of fakeness in the church and the people of God.
I tried to find something online that addressed the things I was seeing, but I couldn’t.
Every other Christian blog seemed too surface-y for me. And those that weren’t, were those weird blogs with Myspace music playing and red font.
I needed someone who wasn’t afraid to be relevant AND tackle the hard issues.
Today, RadicalChristianWoman.com strives to be that blog I was looking for. I want to be somewhat on-trend while maintaining a standard of holiness our faith deserves.
This means I follow the scriptures first and culture second.
Sadly, this is a mindset that quickly fading in our current church climate.
Many times we find that Christians are choosing to be “relevant” over being holy.
Relevant Doesn’t Mean Complacent to Sin
Being relevant has become a sacred cow for many Christians.
We don’t want to exclude anyone, right?
For years we’ve been told we shouldn’t try to “clean the fish” before we’ve hooked them.
I get that.
Let sinners come unhindered to the church.
But while we should always welcome a sinful person into our midst, we don’t have to welcome the sin.
Allowing people to “come as they are” needs to have its limits or else the church ceases to function as a soul-hospital for the soul-sick.
You can walk into a hospital bleeding all over the place, but you better believe the nurses and doctors are going to start staunching the flow of blood real quick.
As the Body of Christ, we have to stop being scared to call sin for what it is. Even if that means hurting someone’s feelings.
Being relevant doesn’t mean sin has become acceptable.
Relevant Doesn’t Mean Redefining Rules
While Christ has given us freedom, this doesn’t give us permission to rewrite the Bible.
While everything is permissible, not everything is beneficial.
Bending the rules shouldn’t be the norm.
But it is.
The culture says women and men are the same and equal. The Bible says women and men are different but equal. The church has to uphold what scriptures say about what a woman’s role is…despite any backlash from our overly feminized Christian culture.
The culture says homosexuality isn’t a choice and is an acceptable expression of love. The Bible disagrees. Christians need to cease twisting scriptures to fit their ‘relevant’ agendas in order to “win people to Christ.”
Divorce is acceptable in and out of the church. But God says he hates divorce. Within reason, the people of God need to stop making amends for other Christians seeking the easy path out of a marriage gone sour.
He just needed time away from everyone to commune with the Father.
Then, maybe a boat or a good hill.
We don’t need all the fancy stuff. And when we focus on it, we weigh down the gospel with armor it doesn’t need. Think about David when Saul tried to put all the stuff on him before going out before Goliath. Sometimes that “relevant” stuff just keeps us from doing the will of God.
Being culturally relevant DOES have a place in our lives.
But being holy needs to be the cornerstone of where we achieve our relevancy.
We need to revisit what it means to be culturally relevant.
Does it really mean to have the best sound-system? A $500 VBS curriculum? Know all the lingo that impresses the youth group?
Or does it mean doing the will of the Father?
In the most simple terms, holiness is being set apart for God’s will.
The Lord’s purpose for us is this: telling others how to satisfy their most basic need which is being reconciled with the Maker of the Universe.
By sharing the simple message of the gospel we can change lives.
Sharing Jesus makes us relevant.
Make Holiness Your Favorite
Remember in the movie “Elf” when Will Ferrel says, “I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite.”
Even if you think you’ve gotten a grasp on holiness over cultural relevancy, revisit it.
Often times we don’t realize that “culture” has snuck in the back door and it’s been called by another name.
Like when you start replacing “hip and trendy” things with “holy-looking things” like head covering (which I fully support doing, BTW). In certain circles, “hip and trendy” might mean you wear a head cover, never wear makeup and do a family Bible time each morning.
We are never too mature in Jesus to have achieved holiness completely.
Paul said it perfectly in his letter to the Philippians:
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Head covering Christian woman who loves good coffee and stinky cheese. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my seven children (5 girls, 2 boys).
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