Well this got my brain in gear. I read it whilst over at Spitbox

Mark Batterson of National Community Church (Washington, D.C.) recently analyzed four ways the church can engage culture:

  1. Ignore it
    The more we ignore culture the more irrelevant we’ll become. And if the church ignores the culture, the culture will ignore the church.
  2. Imitate it
    We can imitate culture, but imitation is a form of suicide. Originality is sacrificed on the altar of cultural conformity. If we don’t shape the culture, the culture will shape us.
  3. Condemn it
    We’ve got to stop pointing the finger and start offering better alternatives. If the church condemns the culture, the culture will condemn the church.
  4. Create it
    We can compete for culture by creating culture. In the immortal words of the Italian artist and poet, Michelangelo: criticize by creating. At the end of the day, the culture will treat the church the way the church treats the culture.

I will refer back to this I am sure – but in the mean time – is Mark right? Should we be creating a culture – or a counter culture? To what extent to we go to create this culture?


One thought on “The Church & Culture

  1. We should not be creating a Christian sub-culture if that’s what #4 means. That effectively forfeits all of our attempts to engage culture at large. For example: GodTube.com is an attempt to create a subculture. It is a ridiculous way for Christians to further isolate themselves and not engage.

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