Never Again!

Not long ago, evangelicals were accused of being ten years behind the times. Remember?

Elvis Presley was anathema and Doris Day movies seriously suspect, and it was ten years before Christian recording artists and films emerged as wholesome alternatives.

Many Christians were slow to support the civil rights movement and even slower to oppose the Vietnam War. And in 1973, while the Supreme Court was hearing Roe v. Wade, only a handful of evangelicals stopped yawning long enough to ask what abortion was.

“Ten years behind the times.” It was an epithet we used to flagellate one another. But we learned our lesson! No longer are we straggling ten years behind the times.

No sooner do aerobics albums sweep a flabby country than Christian exercise albums emerge. (I’m cutting one now: Away With Fatted Calves.)

When Trivial Pursuit makes it big, biblical trivia games aren’t far behind.

Why read Harlequin romance books when we’ve got our own? (“I crave your kisses, my dear—within the bounds of good taste, of course.”)

Ashamed to buy those sexy marriage manuals? Don’t worry: now sanctified versions are stocked in Christian bookstores.

Want a fad diet? Why try secular fruit and fiber when a Christian nutritionist will offer a new diet plan within the next month?

No, we’re not ten years behind now. These days it’s only ten months. Congratulations! That’s progress.

Isn’t it?


Is Yancey’S Mailbox Full?

Thanks for printing Philip Yancey’s fine article, “Learning to Live with Money” [Dec. 14]. I’ll bet by now his mailbox has been filled many times by people and organizations hoping to cash in on his “hilarity”!

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