I spent yesterday afternoon at home with a crew from Global TV. They were doing some of their final shooting for a documentary to be broadcast this fall (October is the tentative broadcast month). They’re calling the documentary "Hip to be Holy" (quirkily neat title). They interviewed a bunch of churches doing innovative stuff, but are using Connexus as the focal point.
Spent two hours being interviewed. They’re a great crew so it was a lot of fun, but the questions intrigued me. A lot of the interview focused on the way we do church v. "normal" which was cool.
But about a third of the interview had to do with hot button issues in the culture. What was my view on abortion…gay marriage…would I baptize a practicing homosexual…should Canada become a Christian nation…what about a political agenda for new kinds of churches…what do I think of the televangelists (I’m not telling my answers, you’ll have to tune in, if they even make the edit).
Yesterday drove home the fact that so many of us Jesus-followers are known for what we are against. They asked me what a stereotypical image of an evangelical Christian might be that a non-Christian would have. I had two answers:
- I’m not sure non-churched people think about us that much.
- When they do, it’s not good. We’re seen as judgmental, hypocritical, agenda-driven and even angry.
Even with the progress that we and numerous other churches have made (thank you, God!) in terms of redefining Sundays, ministry and community, we still have this HUGE image problem. I know if people could just get to Jesus, they’d love Him (or at least many would). But so often I stand in the way still. Our image stands in the way.
How do we tackle this? How can our lives, our communities of Jesus-followers, better show Christ’s love? What can we do? How can I live differently?
Just some questions as the sinking-realization of the enormity of the task sets in once again.
Maybe this documentary will help reverse some of that stereotype. Maybe this weekend at Connexus or your church do to turn the tide? But what can all of us do to turn the tide?