Rob Bell writes, “It is dangerous to label things “Christian”. The word Christian began as a noun, but we have turned it into an adjective. Bell laments:

“This happens in all sorts of areas. It is possible for music to be labeled Christian and be terrible music. It could lack creativity and inspiration. The lyrics could be recycled cliches. That “Christian” band could actually be giving Jesus a bad name because they aren’t a great band. It is possible for a movie to be a “Christian” movie and be a terrible movie. It may actually desecrate the art form in its quality and storytelling and craft. Just because it is a Christian bookstore doesn’t mean it is all true or good or beautiful. A Christian political group puts me in an awkward position: What if I disagree with them? Am I less of a Christian? What if I am convinced the “Christian” thing to do is to vote the exact opposite?”
I’ve struggled with this for some time. We’re admonished to attend a new movie, because it’s “Christian.” That if we don’t attend, more movies like it won’t be made. Yet, it’s a bad movie. The acting is bad. The story is cliche. The editing is poor. Instead, why can’t we make an excellent movie that Christians and non-Christians alike would enjoy. Why should we support mediocre efforts?
“The goal isn’t to bring everyone’s work into the church; the goal is for the church to be these unique kinds of people who are transforming the places they live and work and play because they understand the whole earth is filled with the kavod [glory] of God.”
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