Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Pop Christianity

I'm not sure why I do this to myself...I started listening to a radio show of a well known Christian radio personality (whom I won't mention by name as not to offend others). What I'm finding is what I call "pop Christianity". Really, this is little sound bites of advice that are supposedly based on some theology. Supposedly, I say because consider this recent bit of advice. In speaking about prayer "if people really get active in prayer, pray about everything and anything "you have not because you ask not", then they will begin to see answers and their faith will increase to pray more and more. If you pray about everything you are bound to see answers sometimes for certain ones and every time you see an answer it will bolster your faith". What! Is this the lottery? Do we need to see prayer answered in order to have faith? We need to pray. And yes, we should be praying ourselves through the day as seen in Paul's letter to the Thessalonians. But what about our faith. It does not come from seeing prayers answered. It comes from hearing the message which comes through Christ.
It just scares me that well known radio/t.v. Christian personalities can take a little verse like James 4:2, and take it completely out of context and and then have Christians believing that the only reason they have not it because they did not ask for it. This is ultimate "pop Christianity".