a studied irrelevance

I was reading this article, "The Myths of Progress and Relevance" by John Dickson (PhD, Ancient History) at the Gospel Coalition Blog last night and this statement toward the end is still marinating today.

‎"The true relevance of the gospel is found in its studied irrelevance to any particular culture, whether ancient Corinthian or modern New Yorker. We do not need another message that affirms what we already think in all our foibles and cultural particularities. We surely need one that is free to challenge, rebuke, frighten, and enlighten us, as well as comfort and affirm us when appropriate. That message is the gospel. It is precisely because the gospel was not crafted to endorse ancient Athenians or modern Americans that it is wonderfully relevant to both."
 
"...the Gospel was not crafted..."
Let's start there. Sometimes I think we forget that we didn't create this Gospel - we are not the authors and therefore deserve no credit for the masterfully written story. We have no reason to collect royalties or protect the Gospel as our intellectual property. The Gospel was not crafted - period.
 
"...the Gospel was not crafted to endorse ancient Athenians or modern Americans..." The Gospel is not a political move or the newest trend in "social justice" (whatever that means). The Gospel does not draw a line in the political sand or raise a national flag. The Gospel doesn't endorse human ideas. The Gospel is God's idea.
 
"It is precisely because the Gospel was not crafted to endorse ancient Athenians or modern Americans that it is wonderfully relevant to both."
The Gospel is not about progress. We will not evolve out of the idea or into it the longer we ruminate over it's claims. We cannot make the Gospel legitimate. Oh, friends, we don't have that kind of power. If the Gospel is what it claims, we are all (every generation, culture, people group, and nation) unworthy recipients. We will not reach an intellectual plane where it is no longer relevant.
 
"We do not need another message that affirms what we already think in all our foibles and cultural particularities. We surely need one that is free to challenge, rebuke, frighten, and enlighten us, as well as comfort and affirm us when appropriate."
 
The Gospel is intentionally irrelevant in all the ways we'd rather it not be. The Gospel is not a cheerleader for our causes or the biggest fan of our agendas. The Gospel is not a product of this age or an influence in an epoch that has passed.
 
The Gospel is God's and He has intentionally made cultural differences only relevant in one way: the future joyful celebration of people from all tribes, tongues, nations joining together in grateful praise for the gift of salvation and communion with our Creator.
 
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