Six Church-and-Culture Issues I Don't Care About Any More
The church needs to build bridges to the culture if we hope to reach it. But there are some bridges I won't cross any more.

3. I Don't Care About Raising Awareness

It’s great when people care enough about a problem to make others aware of it.

So keep doing that. Dump ice-water on your head, start a hashtag, wear pink, march with signs. Do it all.

But I won’t be joining you.

It’s not because I don’t care about important causes. I do.

But when a cause is that important to me, I don’t want to just raise awareness. I want to raise money. And raise volunteers. I want to get on my knees in prayer, then get on my feet to volunteer my time, money, skill and passion.

I want to change things, no matter who’s aware of it.

I want to change things, no matter who’s aware of it.

Sometimes – not always, but sometimes – raising awareness is a way to make us think we’ve done something important when we’ve done nothing but ease our own guilt.

Let's stop deceiving ourselves into thinking that posting a hashtag or wearing a t-shirt helps anyone. Unless it’s tied to action that truly changes things.

If the issue matters enough to raise awareness, it matters enough to do something about it.

4. I Don't Care Whether Hollywood Got the Latest Bible Movie Right

It’s hard not to get frustrated when Hollywood takes great pains to avoid offending fans by getting every back-story nuance of a superhero movie right, but they have no problem putting walking trees in the Noah story. Ugh.

Outrage over such things is easy. And cheap. And a great fundraiser.

I have no problem with artistic license. Bible stories aren’t screenplays, after all. Screenwriters have to add dialog, while directors have to make choices about set design, casting and props that will upset people. In a movie, Eve has to pick a specific fruit of a specific color.

So I’m not offended when Hollywood tells a Bible story differently than I would have. I’m not even shocked when they get it completely wrong. I’m more shocked when they get it right.

But either way, why do we care how others tell our story?

I’m more upset when the preacher in the pulpit twists the Bible story than when Hollywood does.

5. I Don't Care About Sermons Based On Movie/TV Titles

If a sermon series based on The Walking Dead helps you build a bridge that connects the people to the gospel, go for it. Truly.

But it’s hard to criticize Hollywood for not coming up with new ideas when preachers are copying their copies of an idea that someone else already copied.

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