A Fine Line! Part 1
I have been a little wrapped up in some things lately and haven’t had a chance to blog. Sorry for those of you who are sitting around waiting to receive awe inspiring insights from the CA crew. I will try to be more diligent in the future.
It is a fine line that I have been wrestling with recently. There is one side of an argument that says the church should mix it up with the culture. In essence, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.” At many levels I tend to be a subscriber to this philosophy. If those you are trying to reach are in the bar, go to the bar with them. If they are eating at Hooters for lunch, order the Honey BBQ wings. Okay, maybe that last one was a step too far.
Then on the other side of the line is this other argument. This argument too would fall back on Scripture to back up their point. Scripture teaches that “bad company corrupts good morals.” These people tend to be the separatists. The church and Christians should have nothing to do with the “pagans.” This is the side of the argument that gets really upset when the preachers car is outside the bar on a Saturday night even if he claims it’s a ministry opportunity. There should be a clear and distinct divide between the world and Christians.
I was raised more in line with the latter philosophy. As a 28 year old, I tend to understand and fall in line with the former. My question, as I wrestle with this at times is, “Is there a middle ground that is really where Christians should be aiming?” Is it only accurate to assume that Christians can only be one of the two? Or is there something in the middle that can provide answers to both? Something that can never be tarnished. Some answer that no matter how you splice it, when done correctly is God honoring and always reaches the person we want to reach. Is that answer out there? Does it exist? If so, what is it?
I have an answer in mind. It is mentioned in many places in Scripture. A few times in the gospels and a few times later in the epistles. I want to see what you think it is and what your thoughts are. No worries, I will eventually throw my answer into the mix. I’m just hoping to develop a deeper dialogue over the question. So, what do you think?