Thursday, June 22, 2006

Christian is a great noun and a poor adjective!

It is dangerous to label things "Christian".../ The problem with turning the noun (Christian - a person who follows Jesus) into an adjective and then tacking it onto words is that it can create categories that limit the truth.../

Something can be labeled "Christian" and not be true or good.../

It is possible for music to be labeled Christian and be terrible music. It could lack creativity or inspiration.../

Just because it is a Christian book by a Christian author and it was purchased in a Christian bookstore doesn't mean it is all true or good or beautiful.../

Christian is a great noun and a poor adjective.
"Velvet Elvis" by Rob Bell

Why do I quote this? In yesterday's Metro American "trendspotter" Marian Salzman responded to the question :: "What trends are you predicting for the next 5 years?"
Americans have become so decidedly religious that religion is going to become a very serious problem between the US and the rest of the world. Americans are living in a country where CHRISTIAN RETAIL is a shopping option, CHRISTIAN FOOD is a snack food option - there's a chain called "Chick-fil-a" - it's Christian chicken.
Oh my goodness!

What happened to being in the world? If all I do is "CHRISTIAN" then where is the reality? where is the truth in being the salt and the light?

Reject Christian ghettoes!

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8 comments:

DEANBERRY said...

THE CFR MUST GO, FOR AMERICA'S SAKE. http://deanberryministries.org/
DINOBERRY@FRONTIERNET.NET

weareallghosts said...

I am sorry Dean but I can not relate to your views... nor do I appreciate your politics.

Shalom.

Paula said...

Rob Bell has obviously been reading Madeleine L'Engle!! Her book "Walking on Water" is a profound look at art and God and spirituality, and that quote from Rob is almost hers, word for word!! I'm sure she wouldn't mind.

weareallghosts said...

Thanks Paula... I'll check that book out.

Anonymous said...

Hi T,
I'm back...
I found this book very inspiring...read it over the Christmas holidays. Not sure that i agree with all of it yet...still digesting some thoughts. Funny that I should stick on the same thing as you did about nouns and verbs.
Stevie

weareallghosts said...

I kind of expected it... considering we are pretty much on the same page, my friend.

What I find fab is the sheer number of people who find inspiration with Velvet Elvis. It is almost a pre-reading for the nanolog community.

Glad to have you back... Need to organise something before we go away.

Shalom.

weareallghosts said...

ROCKY... ROCKY...

Great to have you back Joel... Your mum is conditioned to ghettoism - that's just the way it was. We have a chance, through love, to demonstrate a new way.

Jonathan Blundell said...

Mmmm.... Christian chicken.

Just going through a few of my archives and they reminded me of this post.

http://www.casadeblundell.com/jonathan/christian-is-a-poor-adjective/

Shalom!

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