inciting allegiance to Jesus in a society gone mad

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : July 29, 2005

You may have noticed my new "tagline" for this blog.  I’ve noticed that many people have dramatic sounding taglines stressing how important their blog is…I’d like to make the case for why my tagline shouldn’t be interpreted to fit into such a category (btw, many people conversely have overly-humble sounding taglines that stress how utterly postmodern they are).

If you know me well, you know that I think intentionally cheesy things are pretty dang funny.  The operative word is intentionally. My tagline is a bit funny to me because it sounds so darn dramatic, thus qualifying as intentional cheese.

Beyond the humor of it (though many of you might not think its all that funny) the tagline is pretty descriptive.  I think it is our job as Christians to incite allegiance to Jesus Christ.  Notice that I don’t advocate rebellion against the world.  It is one’s allegiance to Christ that should cause one’s subversiveness.  I think the church of my generation (I’m 29) sometimes blurs their counter-cultures, linking allegiance with Christ with elements of style.  Notice also that I’m emphasizing the distinction between the church and society rather than our commonality.  This is intentional.  I have more in common with the anabaptist branch of Christianity than any other branch…and this tagline expresses some anabaptist influences. 

Finally, I do think the world has gone mad.  Allegiance to Christ is sanity.  The funny thing about that is to the world, Christianity seems foolish (at least it should if we’re doing it right).

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2 Responses to “inciting allegiance to Jesus in a society gone mad”

  1. blorge on July 29th, 2005 4:28 pm

    Interesting tagline, I’d qualify it, though by adding that all societies throughout time have been “mad” in the sense that they all offer challanges and oppertunities to follow the Lord. The Middle Ages was just as “mad” as the Golden Age of Greece, or the Victorian Era.

  2. Van S on July 29th, 2005 10:02 pm


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