At Ethika Politika, Michael Hannon has an entertaining reflection on superficiality in contemporary Christian evangelism, and a warning against the “juvenilization” of the faith.
We live in a land of WWJD bracelets, Jesus-is-my-homeboy t-shirts, Jesus-is-my-boyfriend music, and “Tebowing.” We traverse a “Christian” landscape as garish as a Thomas Kinkade painting, strolling to the beat of that sickly sweet poem about footprints.
With these as the most recognizable symbols of our faith, is it any wonder its former adherents fall away disillusioned, or that potential newcomers fail to take it seriously? Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, “God is not an uncle. God is an earthquake.” First impressions today would suggest that God is something more like a Care Bear.
Frankly, despite having been inculcated with all of this indulgent silliness from a young age, I find it hard to sympathize with the cheerleaders of this style of discipleship. There are good principled arguments against much of this sentimental excess, of course. But to be honest, my reaction is more visceral than principled. It actually turns my stomach to see the fullness of truth so belittled. . . [Read More]
Mr. Hannon’s piece calls to mind Russell Moore’s discussion in Touchstone of Maurice Sendak and the Horror of a Domesticated Gospel. Both articles are worth thinking over.