Starbucks Spirituality - article from Christianity Today

I recently read an eye-opening, thought-provoking article called "Strabucks Spirituality"from Christianity Today.

The article is quite long, but worth the read. The article challenges us to find ways to relate the Gospel to Gen Y and a post-modern society. In the past the answer for salvation was presenting in words the Gospel message with PowerPoint presentations and four-point evangelistic outlines.

In today's world spreading the Good News requires more than words. Christians have mastered the art of proclamation of words. But words alone aren't going to answer the trust question.

Trust is built by actions, not words.

"We're supposed to proclaim the kingdom of God and demonstrate the kingdom of God," says Soong-Chan Rah, pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church near Boston. "Evangelism for our generation means learning to do both.

"People are not looking for theological comparisons but for attractiveness, relevance, and usefulness."

But the best part is that Christianity is useful. relevant, and attractive...we need to demonstrate it as such. If we truly live it out, true Christianity (live like Jesus) then Christianity will appear as useful. relevant, and attractive, as it really is!

"Simply put: Being a Christian means following Jesus. If our discipleship is not leading us to continue to give away our lives to other people, at great personal cost, then we are not following Jesus.

"Be intentional and authentic in your friendship," he says. "Their response to my overtures can't determine whether we stay in friendship. If it does, then it's not a friendship but a manipulative ploy to get them to become a Christian. It's a difficult paradox to reconcile.

I recommend this article.