cliche Christian

cliche Christian cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
“Cliche Christian” by nakedpastor David Hayward

I had an interesting experience last night. Lisa was showing me a youtube video that her group is going to use today in a presentation they are doing. As soon as the video started I knew it was Christian. Not just Christian, but evangelical Christian. Sure thing! About a minute in and they revealed their stripes. I knew it because I was a part of that culture for so long and am still in relationship with it.

No big deal. I get that. There are evangelicals and they are allowed to make youtube videos. The point I’m making is that Christianity, like any other religion, is constantly in danger of being cliche. In an attempt to be politically correct within the church and cool in the world, we lose our unique identity. Nobody hears you anymore.

But that’s what conformity does: it makes everyone the same.

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  • Rhonda Sayers

    Conformity is artificial unity.

  • rumitoid

    I know that being “separated out” does not mean we are unidentifiable as human beings, such “strangers” and “aliens” in every country and culture that we are seen as another species, but, as you pointed out, my complaint with the Church is that it goes hand in glove with American politics. There is no other area, especially in these volatile times, where the attraction of Great Love would be greater by remaining centered in Christ and not the Republican Party or as super-patriots. We are citizens of heaven, our kingdom is not of this world. Being engaged in politics is being at enmity with God, for it puts us at odds with many of the Lost and needy.

  • Sunfell

    Well, dang- there’s a piece missing: what specific elements were the tell-tales? Musical style? Body-language? Dress? Language? I just wonder if your list is the same as my own. I’ve become quite adept at spotting what I call ‘spiritual leg-traps’ in video and literature. There’s a certain linguistic cadence and embedded ‘code’ that jumps right out.

  • Gary

    I like this Rhonda.

  • I have had exactly the same conversation with my husband about music. I can tell from the first 3 second of a song if it’s a Christian band. I don’t need to hear any lyrics. My best guess is that there’s something about the way Christian bands have their albums mixed that my ear tunes into. I can tell every. single.time.

  • I’m not God, so I don’t know the full story on this; but I still think that one of the worst things that ever happened to the church was when Constantine became a “Christian” beginning a 1700 marriage between the church and the ruling elite.

  • Sadly, I can often do it with people we meet — especially the initially really nice people. I know what is coming.

    BTW – when notification of your posts come on my I-phone, there is no cartoon. Without a cartoon, I will rarely remember to visit your blog. Just thought you’d like to know for readers you want visiting. 🙂

  • Thanks Sabio.

  • The truly worst thing to happen to any “Christian” is to not take our Leader at HIS Words. Lukewarm ppl (and the world) preaches “tolerance”. Like crazy Tom Lykus did in the 1990’s. He said, why don’t you be a real Christian and (thus) be tolerant of other’s beliefs, etc.?? To one of his callers. – Who says what a real Christian is?? Christ says who a Real Christ-ian is. “Now go preach the gospel to e-v-e-r-y CREATURE. Those that do not believe will be damned. ” –Christ And this was the last thing he uttered to us before ascending into heaven for good. The Leader of the religion says what constitutes a real follower. NOT us; there in (us rewriting the Words of the Creator) lies the danger . . . As CHRIST says . . .

    And no; I’m not “part” of any Evangelical Church or group. I am a thoroughly disgusted former Catholic.