Don Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and Searching For God Knows What, hits the nail on the head in this interview with the Wittenburg Door. Trying to make Jesus hip or cool is not good marketing. Distorting who or what you are is dishonest, inauthentic–and it sucks.
DOOR: How do you react to evangelicals that present Christianity as being cool and hip?
MILLER: I think the Gospel is the message that Jesus wants us to present, and we don’t need to be God’s marketing machine. We need to present the Gospel accurately because that’s what God has asked us to do. I think if somebody passes from this life thinking that Jesus was cool, that’s not very helpful. They need to know that Jesus was the Son of God who died to forgive them of their sins, and enter into a relationship with God. I think the church has bought into this idea that if we make Jesus look cool we win. But what these fellows are trying to do is make themselves look cool, not Jesus. They’re looking at a culture that rejects the idea of Jesus, they say “But I want to be a Christian and I also want to be cool so I’ll try to make Jesus cool.” That’s about you, not Jesus. We certainly need to repent of that.