Saint Francis? Frank Zappa was a musical genius who built his career on being rude, crude, and socially offensive. He’s not for everybody, but I sure liked a lot of his stuff. So I took note when a friend posted a quote on Facebook:
Frank Zappa: “To hang all this desperate sociology on the idea of The Cloud Guy who has The Big Book, who knows if you’ve been bad or good and cares about any of it is the chimpanzee part of the brain working.”
I like FZ. It’s a shame that something as amazing as The Great Story of Redemptive Relationship has been perceived as “The Cloud Guy” and “The Big Book” and being “bad or good.” The Christian church bears much responsibility for telling the story so poorly.
(Important clue from the Story: “bad or good” is barking up the Wrong Tree.)
Also important: “Watch out where the huskies go, and don’t you eat that yellow snow.”
Note that I am not merely criticizing “the way the story is told,” that is, the evangelistic technique. I think that quite often, we are telling the wrong story altogether, particularly for a post-Christian culture.
- This I Used to Believe: Evangelism gone wrong
- evangelism: ur doin it wrong
- A Different Approach to Evangelism
Image from Pre-Emptive Prayer Cards