Almost Finished with "Almost Christian"

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The idea of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a term I never want to hear again, but yet I am faced with a world that constantly throws it back at me! As a youth worker I don't want to admit this, but I am sometimes finding myself as a fish swimming against the current on this issue. The odd thing about that analogy is that usually when a christian fish is swimming against the current, he/she is swimming opposite of non-believers. It is hard for me to say this but right now I am swimming against what the mainstream church culture is dishing out. They seemed to have dumbed down Christian theology to a point where believers don't know what they believe and they have made the gospel message so self serving that those who were supposed to be following Christ only end up following themselves. Seriously though, its not my teenagers that are causing this, its their parents. Nowhere in my job description does it say that I am to make sure that all students feel happy and like God will be there when they need him. It will be important for us to tackle this issue from the top down, as well as the bottom up. Pastors will need to grab a-hold of this idea, especially in the holiness tradition. I feel like I have gone off on a rant about this, but I am tired of hearing the term and I am done standing by and watching people being taught that God exists to make them a better person. OK I will get to Tim Elmore soon! You know it is so hard for me to say nice things about him, but I promise I will  :) Until next time -Just Jon

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