After my last two posts, I thought a lot about what I wanted this next entry to be about. And while I was thinking, I realized something.
I’m a hypocrite.
And I don’t want to be.
I’m passionate, and I think it is easy to become narrow-minded when you are fired up. I am a Christian, and I don’t like how a lot of Christians do things or how Christianity is portrayed, so that’s what I usually write about. I don’t like that so many Christians seem to only care about abortion and homosexuality. I don’t think faith was EVER supposed to be so intertwined with politics.
But, the more I thought, the more I realized what I believed: faith should never be about being anti-anything, really. Instead, I wish we focused on being pro-good.
Being anti-fillintheblank does nothing but make people angry. You might make some friends who rally with you for a cause, but in the end it just leads to conflict and argument. Being pro-good does nothing but make people more willing to listen to you. If someone’s opinion differs from yours on issues like these, it’s because you differ on issues much larger than something you can punch in on a ballot.
So far on this site, I’ve complained about street evangelists and a lack of original music. I do believe it’s important to dialogue about things like this, because they are hugely important in our culture today. But am I really doing any good?
I’ve noticed lately that a lot of people have dreams that are similar to mine. I’ve spoken with several people who want to make Christian movies, music, media and art that is actually good. For my job, I do quite a bit of research about Christianity on social media. And there are a lot of blogs similar to this one. A lot of them.
And you know what? The world isn’t really changing. Most Christians agree that street evangelism isn’t very effective. And a lot of people are sick of Mercy Me.
I have all of these somewhat selfish dreams. I love to write, and I would love to eventually become a respected author and leader that helps change our culture. But we already have a bunch of those people. Just because a lot of people are mad about the same thing doesn’t necessarily mean that we are making a whole lot of progress.
Maybe it’s time for a different, more specific dream. Honestly, I don’t even know what it should be. But I do think it’s possible to discuss and engage in our culture without shouting about what makes us angry, whether that’s about abortion or bad music.
If you have passions and interests similar to mine, let’s try to take our own advice and stop yelling. We still can change our culture, but let’s try to do it the right way.
In my mind, I said that very calmly, by the way.