Sunday, February 07, 2021

Don't Confuse Sensational with Significant

Sensational doesn't automatically mean significant.

There. I said it.

We are currently immersed in a culture of attention-seeking. Whoever gets the most likes, followers, retweets, comments, etc., wins. You, too, could be Youtube famous. And don't forget to listen to my podcast. And be sure to check out my blog. (On that last one, the irony is not lost on me.) 

Hence, all the shouting about the next new, cool, and chic thing. 

Being trendy is seductive because it's... trendy—and that which is trendy is always trending. At best, you might get to be in the flavor-of-the-month club. If not, you still get to identify with what is currently "in."

At the risk of sounding like an old, grumpy guy with his shorts hocked up to his chest screaming, "Get off my lawn!"—let me say this: I'm more than a little suspicious of anything current culture considers sensational. And that goes for current "Christian" culture too. (See here,  here, and here.)

A couple of questions to ponder and discuss:


Have we sold our souls for the "sensational" while that which is truly significant is slipping through our fingers?

Have we lost the necessary critical thinking skills needed for discerning that which is significant and that which is merely sensational?

Beware of the sensational posing as something significant.

It may just be hype.

"The empty vessel makes the greatest sound."
—Shakespeare

“…the spread of religious movements is not accomplished by dramatic events and persuasive preachers, but by ordinary followers who convert their equally anonymous friends, relatives, and neighbors.”
—Dr. Rodney Stark, The Triumph of Christianity (bold mine)

"Do not pay too much attention to fame, power, or money. Someday you will meet a person who cares for none of these, and then you'll know how poor you are."
—Rudyard Kipling

More here...
* How to be significant.
* Who is the "real" leader in a movement?
* The Paul Cone Factor
* Are you counting the right things?
* Small town church—world-wide impact
Here's someone who gets it.

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