Let’s face it; someone trying to be cool can be awkward. Whether it’s a jr. high kid who has never stepped foot on a basketball court wearing head to toe Nike basketball gear (me) or a college freshman suddenly taking in an interest in hipster acoustic folk music when they still have an iPod full of early 2000s pop-punk (also me), or a retirement age man wearing skinny jeans, thick glasses, and graphic splattered flannel as an attempt to stay hip with the youths (hopefully never me), someone attempting to look cool is so much less cool than someone who is comfortable with who they really are. Sadly I think the church as a whole has become a victim of faking the cool factor.
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From the end of January until early spring, pop culture is on display through performances and award shows that flood television networks. These performances while artistic, often challenge our basic beliefs as Christians and many Christians lose hope in American culture with every passing event....