My point in the last post was that using fashionable means to try to show the relevance of our faith to the popular culture will only go so far. The substance of Christianity is the most relevant message in the world: 1) God is holy and people are not. 2) A savior is needed to reconcile the two. 3) Jesus is that savior. But step 1 of this message is repugnant to non-believers b/c it requires recognizing one’s own shortcomings in light of a holy God. A repugnant message wrapped in the latest swag is still repugnant. What we should do first is show that it is credible.
“Credibility” is synonymous with “perceived importance” (one of Google’s two main criteria for measuring relevance > last post). If our faith is just a fairy tale or it is no different than any other belief system, then there is no reason a non-believer should tolerate the repugnant part and stick around for the good news. We become more credible representatives when we are able to explain that it is based on evidence, honest about people & history, and different from all works-based belief systems. Our audience may not agree with us, but now we have something substantive about which to disagree.
More next time.