Saturday, August 2, 2008

Must Christianity be Counter-Cultural?

In Church History we have just looked at Constantine and seen how he brought in the beginnings of Christendom in the Western World. The church dramatically went from being a persecuted minority to people with social and political privileges unprecedented for Christians anywhere before. Suddenly to be Christian was a matter of fashion rather than fear.

Although the persecutions subsided, the counter cultural aspects of Christianity were non-existent.

Is Christianity still Christianity when it is no longer counter-cultural? I think for the Christians facing persecution at the time of the arrival of Constantine would have had an immense feeling of joy and relief, but was it at too much cost to the gospel? You can see the reverse thing happen at private Christian schools. When students leave the comforts of where it is 'cool' or accepted to be Christian, suddenly the desire for acceptance, money and sex becomes more important than the gospel.

1 comment:

psychodougie said...

so don't send your kids to private school. let them work out their salvation with fear and trembling, in the world they are in.
it's not really a surprise when people who become christians in communes can't imagine life outside, and are heaps negative about anything but their own way of doing things (cf America's most hated family).

that's the 2nd part of your post. as to the first, it's hard, init. i guess the bible and early christianity was in the context of a hostile world. so when it's conducive to christianity, you gotta rethink what it all means i guess.