It is OK if you aren’t aware of the latest scandal or the most recent issue causing cultural indignation. Christians should stand for Christ and his gospel and should stand against injustice wherever it is found. But, standing for Christ and standing against injustice does not require you to scour the internet daily for reasons to be angry and outspoken.
I’m terrible with celebrity names. I don’t watch enough TV to know who stars in what. Most of my celebrity knowledge comes from 1990s movies and even then, my wife often corrects me. I read lots of news (too much news) and yet, somehow, I often miss out on the big culture stories of the day. I’m not sure how I miss it, but I do. I’ve had to come to grips with the reality that I’m just not cool.
I’m nearly 40. Being cool doesn’t have the same allure it once did. Besides, I remind myself that I can bench press more than those supposedly “cool” people and that gives me a bit of satisfaction.
But, I also realize that being relevant in the moment does not equal a long-term impact. Our culture moves so rapidly that any attempt at relevance is almost necessarily a commitment to shallow investment.