Fast Food Faux Faith

A few months ago I read somewhere that a wave of sophistication has been generated in relation to our eating preferences. Apparently we now prefer to eat much better and opt for gourmet styled, local produce focused, slow cooking and true to good flavours and nourishment type of eating, as opposed to quick and easy fast food choices.

That was all before the current economic gloom descended upon us courtesy of Christine Lagarde and the greasy Greek pole of public debt of course and I’m not sure if this cloud of economic uncertainty will swing things back down the simple and cheap mode of eating or dining.

Good food takes effort and time. It is good for us – more enjoyment, better nourishment and health, and easier on the environment. The benefits are thought to be worth the additional effort and time.

I think like good food, many other good things take time and effort. So this article in the Patheos Blog on “watered down evangelicalism” resonated with me and I thought I’d cite some extracts here, and have that article.

If we can muster enough concentration power to read past 120 or 160 characters (or whatever the length of texts tweets or text messages permit), hopefully we can work our way through this one, which I think is so very relevant.

Hopefully the following highlights/extracts help:

Open hearts, open minds, open doors,” or “open, progressive and inclusive.” These type phrases are filled with considerable cultural codes which say many things about many things, but precious little about the Christian gospel.

Evangelicals have become experts in finding a thousand new ways to ask the same question, “What is the least one has to do to become a Christian.”

It is wrong to try to get as many people as possible, to acknowledge as superficially as allowable, a gospel which is theologically unsustainable.

We disguise our lack of theological reflection by our constant commitment to “relevance” or saying that we are reaching people “where they are.”

I sincerely believe the youth of our times want, deserve and will appreciate strong foundations and will come to appreciate that such sure footedness require more than a quick turn of phrase the social media real estate currently permits us.

I hope we all get to read the article and see the need for good theological educating.