Not too long ago, I was introduced to the Stuff Christians Like blog, via another blog I frequent. Not long before that, a different blog had pointed me to Stuff White People Like. The author of Stuff Christians Like poked fun at himself (and others) in his second post. There seems to be a “Christian” version of everything the world has to offer.
This is the main point journalist Hanna Rosin makes in her Slate article on a book, Rapture Ready!, by Daniel Radosh (hope you got all those names straight). Ms Rosin states:
At this point in history, American evangelicals resemble the Israelites at various dangerous moments in the Old Testament: They are blending into the surrounding heathen culture, and having ever more trouble figuring out where it ends and they begin. In politics, and in business, they’ve mostly gone ahead and joined the existing networks. With pop culture, they’ve instead created their own enormous “parallel universe,” as Daniel Radosh calls it in his rich exploration of the realm, Rapture Ready! A Christian can now buy books, movies, music—and anything else lowbrow to middlebrow—tailor-made for his or her sensibilities. Worried that American popular culture leads people—and especially teenagers—astray, the Christian version is designed to satisfy all the same needs in a cleaner form.
For faith, the results can be dangerous. A young Christian can get the idea that her religion is a tinny, desperate thing that can’t compete with the secular culture. A Christian friend who’d grown up totally sheltered once wrote to me that the first time he heard a Top 40 station he was horrified, and not because of the racy lyrics: “Suddenly, my lifelong suspicions became crystal clear,” he wrote. “Christian subculture was nothing but a commercialized rip-off of the mainstream, done with wretched quality and an apocryphal insistence on the sanitization of reality.”
It is tough being in the world and not of it. I certainly haven’t got it all figured out. I leave you with the Message paraphrase of Romans 12:2– “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.”