On Being Relevant

One of our C3Greensboro culture traits is that we are relevant. I write that and it makes me stop and think deeper. Sometimes I'm so comfortable saying what I believe, what I'm about, what I value and stand for, without actually knowing what exactly it is that I'm saying I believe. 

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Of course, I know the definition of relevant, though I confess; I did google it just to make sure I did!

However, I realized that maybe I didn’t know exactly how that links to the call of C3Greensboro or honestly, even how it fits into my life. I know that by default there are things in my life that are relevant simply because of the times we live in. For example, I text, snapchat and facetime my friends rather than sending telegrams! There are things I’m relevant in because I’ve researched or learned them, things like fashion styles and trends, music, etc.

Our church is relevant to modern culture in the sense that we aren't very traditional with how we do church. We’re up to date with being on the web; we Tweet, Facebook and Instagram. But I think that being relevant goes deeper than what we look like, how we communicate, the technology we use and what lingo we speak.

After the online definition search, I headed over to the Word of God. I was reminded of where Paul is writing to the believers in Rome:


Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
— Romans 12:2 The Message

To me relevant doesn't mean that I'm in the middle of the "in" or "hip" things, no matter what Pinterest shows me!  It doesn't mean that I'm doing and saying everything that is culturally or socially relevant at any given time, despite the press on every side by social media showing me how, what, when and where I should be engaging in/with culture and what I should think, believe, act and react to.

Being relevant means being aware of the world around me, which means I am aware of the times and seasons I'm living in, both culturally and socially, and running every bit of it through the filter of God's word.

Being relevant means being tuned into the Holy Spirit and forming my opinions, thoughts, beliefs, actions and reactions through the filter of kingdom principles and thought patterns and not through the current culture and social norms.

I've learned that I'm hopeless without fact checking my opinions, beliefs, actions and reactions against the Word of God, the source of life that remains consistent and yes, relevant, from generation to generation. Being relevant means being sure of what it is that I do believe and being able to communicate, relate and engage with people in a real and genuine way without it being dependent on what is "in".

Big picture, as a member of the Body of Christ at C3Greensboro, I believe being relevant means we are relatable people, aware, present and engaged in the culture, not influenced by it, but rather are influenced by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit’s leading.  I believe that when individually we are relevant in this way, we together, corporately unite into a body of strangely normal, relatable and relevant people