Throw Off the Shackles of Conventional Coolness
Life is Christ. (Philippians 1:21)
One of the great hoaxes of our time is that we’ve learned to worship posers. American heroes are mainly entertainers. Our heroes don’t have to do anything particularly great, they just need to look and sound great. Lewis was right in more ways than one: “we are far too easily pleased.”
My beef is not with skillful entertainers as such. Working hard to become skillful with the gifts God gave us is a good thing, if used for redemptive purposes.
My beef is with us. We’ve made them cultural gods. They dominate our t-shirts, bedroom walls, Facebook pages, and living room plasma screens. We listen to them in our ear buds and Twitter feeds. And we bestow on them our pop culture’s highest title of honor: “cool.” And all because they can skillfully compose 3-minute songs, stage-prance, pretend to be someone else, or throw a…