Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Reverence and Relevance

"Is Jack Bauer a type of Christ? asks Pastor Mark Driscoll on his blog, referring to the hero of the hit television show 24. “At the risk of sounding blasphemous, I would like to offer the suggestion that perhaps 24 is incredibly popular because Jack Bauer is a lot like Jesus,…”

From what I’ve heard about Driscoll, he sounds like a gifted preacher who has a unique ability to reach the lost. So it is painful to see him make such an idiotic blunder by making a comparison that is indeed not only blasphemous but downright stupid. (It will be equally painful to watch the fanboys come out of the woodwork to defend this nonsense.) The Savior of the World is irreverently compared to the Savior of Los Angeles. Read More.

This is an issue I just recently dealt with. The whole concept of awe, and fear are not topics most like to discuss today regarding God. We need to get back to a concept of an awesome God, in the truest sense. While I like many of the aspects of the emergent church, there is a difference between being relevant and watering down the gospel. The gospel is offensive at times, because it makes statements that are absolute, and one of them is that Jesus is the only way to God, and He is the Son of God. How we present the message can change, but the message must always remain the same.

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