Notable Quotable: “When the Church Is Packaged as a Cheap Knockoff of the World” – Marc Yoder

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“We’ve taken a historic, 2,000-year-old faith, dressed it in plaid and skinny jeans and tried to sell it as “cool” to our kids. It’s not cool. It’s not modern. What we’re packaging is a cheap knockoff of the world we’re called to evangelize to.

“As the quote says, “When the ship is in the ocean, everything’s fine. When the ocean gets into the ship, you’re in trouble.”

“I’m not ranting about “worldliness” as some pietistic bogeyman, I’m talking about the fact that we yawn at a five-minute biblical text, but almost trip over ourselves fawning over a minor celebrity or athlete who makes any vague reference to being a Christian.

“We’re like a fawning wanna-be just hoping the world will think we’re cool too, you know, just like you guys!

“Our kids meet the real world and our “look, we’re cool like you” posing is mocked. In our effort to be “like them” we’ve become less of who we actually are. The middle-aged pastor trying to look like his 20-something audience isn’t relevant, and the minute you aim to be “authentic,” you’re no longer authentic!”

(Marc Yoder, “10 Surprising Reasons Our Kids LEAVE Church”, Christian Leaders)

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One thought on “Notable Quotable: “When the Church Is Packaged as a Cheap Knockoff of the World” – Marc Yoder

  1. Breaks my heart. Many are pushing a form of Godliness without the power there of and instead of turning away we embrace them. I am afraid it is no longer proper to point out sin. As long as it is danced all around it is fine, but name certain things that are sin and you are immediately a legalist. I worked with a fellow a couple years ago. He came on the job after me and professed to be a Christian. The problem was he had a hippy hair appearance and a dirty mouth. He was in his early 40’s married with a couple kids. I went to him and confronted him about his language and ask him to please not tell anyone he was a Christian if he is going to talk the way he did as there was those of us trying to live for the Lord and he was destroying our testimony as well as making the Lord look bad.
    He actually cut his hippy hair and quit cussing, at least as far as I could tell. After that he read his bible daily at work and cleaned up his act the best I could tell. By the way I never mentioned his hair just his dirty mouth, but the cutting of the hair help make the rest seem real.

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