Friday, January 8, 2016

A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance

“All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.”
~C. S. Lewis

“The gospel is good news. In fact it is ‘the best news ever’ because it addresses our human condition appropriately, pertinently, and effectively as nothing else has, does, or can—and in generation after generation, culture after culture, and life after life. Little wonder that the Christian faith is the world’s first truly universal religion and in many parts of the world the fastest growing faith, and that the Christian church is the most diverse society on planet earth, with followers on all continents, in all climates, and under all the conditions of life and development. Of course, Christians can make the gospel irrelevant by shrinking and distorting it in one way or another. But in itself the good news of Jesus is utterly relevant or it is not the good news it claims to be.”

“Nothing is finally relevant except in relation to the true and the eternal….Only the repeated touch of the timeless will keep us truly timely”

“It is time to challenge the idol of relevance, to work out what it means to be faithful as well as relevant, and so to become truly relevant without ever ending up as trendy, trivial, and unfaithful”
~Os Guinness

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