While reading over Sam Storms' list of his favorite books from 2010 I was gripped by the quote he gave from Brett McCraken's book Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide:
"If we are making the case that cool Christianity can be a good thing, we have to be clear that the 'cool' part of Christianity must exude out of the 'Christ' aspect of it, not from the stylish package or trendiness it might otherwise be associated with. In other words, an authentic Christian hipster community looks attractive and hip and cool, not because it tries to fashion itself in the world's image, but because it does exactly the opposite- it fashions itself after Christ's strange kingdom and his transforming gospel for a world that desparately needs it" (209).
I've not read the book but that is a really good statement. There are so many who think the church must conform itself to some vague idea of coolness to be attractive and appealing to the uncoverted. In fact such external efforts at being hip will attract people but attract them to Christ or to a fleeting image of coolness? I'm continually baffled that so many of us think we have to be churches "that don't seem like churches" or preachers "that don't sound like preachers". Do we really long to see unregenerate people transformed into people who glorify God or do we desparately just want people to like us? Islam and other world religiouns are growing leaps and bounds without trying to apologize for who they are and what they believe. Yet we Christians carry the truth and seem so embarrassed by it. We must be set apart- in our worship and in our lifestyles. If we seem "cool" let it be because of the incomparable Christ that radiates through us.