how to be a fake Christian

An article over at CNN, More Teens Becoming “Fake” Christians, raises news that is alarming but not new.*

According to Princeton Professor Kenda Dean, author of Almost Christian, American teenagers are embracing what she calls “moralistic therapeutic deism,” looking to God as a divine therapist whose primary function is to make us feel good about ourselves.

She places the blame for this squarely and fairly on parents and pastors. “”Churches don’t give them enough to be passionate about,” she says. And she’s right.

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real change comes from the inside out

St. Francis of Assisi supposedly said “Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary use words.”

Perhaps he didn’t need to say it. In fact, I wish he hadn’t. Because it is easily one of the favorite things for evangelical college students today to say, and what they mean by it is that words aren’t necessary.

They are wrong. The gospel is good news, not pantomime.

Yes, many of them want to feed the hungry, build houses for the poor and save the planet. They want to act out the story of Jesus as best they can without having to understand it or explain it.

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