Trying to find the appropriate balance between relevance and righteousness.
A local church flier first appalled me. Then convicted me. Then appalled me again.
I am completely opposed to legalism.
But I am mortified to see how far a "Bible-believing" church will stoop in order to be popular and draw in a crowd with a crass one-liner. For shock value? For humor? For what I am not sure.
And I am mortified that until today the line did not bother me. I laughed at it frequently and quoted it occassionally.
But when I saw it today in black and white to advertise a sermon-series, anger overcame me. First at that church's leadership, then at my own heart.
I still do not think being a Christ-follower means a big long list of rules and regulations. It doesn't. Not at all. It is grace and freedom... and yet, responsibility, too.
But I was saddened to have staring me in the face the beauty of sex cheapened. And cheapened by a place that is supposed to value it. And cheapened by me.
In high school, in college, even last year I gave up watching shows I loved. Not because anyone told me to. Not at all. Because I was tired of them cheapening something I place high value on. And now it looks like I am about to give up another.
And I know I will find my balance again between freedom and responsibility, righteousness and relevance. Once my head stops spinning from all of the thoughts started by a simple flier I almost threw away without a second glance.