Thank you, Tony Campolo!

In my opinion, Dr Tony Campolo is a real "prophet" for this generation. I have read almost all of his books, have heard him speak a couple of times, and have grown tremendously in my worldview. He recently spoke at some type of Presbyterian meeting in Mississippi. Here's the report of what he said:
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal:

"What should you buy for someone who has everything? Nothing!" Dr. Campolo said in the keynote address at St. Andrew Presbytery's "Tapestry" training event. "But we just came through Christmas, and you didn't have the guts to pull it off, did you?"

"A whole generation is being seduced by consumerism into a lifestyle diametrically opposed to Christian values," he said, lamenting that even education is sold as a way to make more money to buy more consumer goods."No!" he thundered, invoking Paul's admonition to Timothy. "An education is 'to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Campolo challenged audience members to aim for doing the most good, not having the most comfortable life. He recalled a former student of his who announced she had won a teaching position in a rich suburban school system over 200 other applicants."That's too bad," he told her, noting thousands of students in Philadelphia would fail because their inner-city schools were 600 teachers short. "Why would you spend your life where you aren't needed?"

Comfortable religion joins consumerism in killing the passion of youths, Campolo said. He told the largely Presbyterian audience that their denomination "is dying - losing its young people - not because we've made Christianity too hard for them, but because we've made it too easy.

"Youth was made for heroism, not pleasure," he said. "Jesus calls people to die to self."One of the ways he challenged those present to "die to self" was by not attacking worship music that appealed to others. A change from traditional to contemporary praise, Campolo said, had mushroomed attendance at Eastern University's chapel services. "I don't understand praise music. I don't get it," he said. "But those kids get it. Don't criticize what you don't understand. We've been singing your stuff for a thousand years."

Campolo said some critics have labeled the Christianity he preaches - that eschews war and supports the poor and demands a life sacrificed to the service of others - "dangerous.""When did Christianity cease being dangerous?" he asked.

"That's when it ceased being Christianity."

Dr Campolo, you've given this child of God much, much, much to think about!

Thank you! Thank you!


Anonymous said...

How do you feel about Campolo's view that homosexuality is okay? Challenging the church to change is not enough if the church is going to give up basic issues of Christianity.

SocialChange said...

Thanks for those words by's something else interesting by Tony