Stuff Christian Culture Likes

Stuff Christian Culture Likes

#6 Ichthus Tattoo aka The Jesus Fish

posted by Stephanie Drury

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This shows your devotion to the Jesus while letting everyone know you feel you are edgy. It is most commonly located on the Christian’s ankle.

#5 The Princess Bride

posted by Stephanie Drury

Wherever you go, past and present members of Christian culture will be familiar with this movie, having seen it at least twelve times during youth group events or slumber parties. Good luck spending a summer working at Christian camp without hearing it quoted daily. “Inconceivable!” “No more rhymes now, I mean it! Anybody got a peanut?” “Have fun storming the castle!” “You are eeeeen the peeeet of dispaaaair.” and of course “My name is Inigo Montoya…” […post-traumatic stress disorder won’t let me from type the rest of that quote.]

In 7th grade I was sleeping over with my homeschooled friend who was forbidden to listen to the radio or watch any TV. Somehow her parents decreed that The Princess Bride was acceptable for viewing, except for the one part where there is a bad word. Her mom sat with us and watched the movie until the bad-word-part was near, then she tried to fast-forward over it. But instead of skipping the bad word, she landed squarely on it and pressed play and Inigo Montoya said “I want my father back, you son of a bitch.” As I remember, she was pretty upset about this.

#4 Homeschooling

posted by Stephanie Drury

Studies show that homeschooling is preferred two to one amongst Christian culture families. They often cite a reason for homeschooling is a way to protect their kids from the world.

Studies also show that homeschooled kids move through their studies at a rapid rate and often graduate ahead of schedule. Unscientific studies have shown that homeschooled kids are not known for being comfortable with people outside of their small circle of family and church friends. There are kids out there who are homeschooled and are not social misfits, but the record shows they are the exception.  When this writer was a counselor at a Christian camp, we would watch the new campers get off the bus every week and identify the homeschooled ones with great accuracy. They usually stick out.

#3 Coldplay

posted by Stephanie Drury

Julie and I were discussing this last night.

Julie: “Why does every evangelical Christian listen to Coldplay? It’s shitty art!”

Me: “It’s innocuous, that’s why they like it.”

Julie: “But does innocuous mean you should listen to it? It doesn’t make you think or make you feel any way other than just kind of numb. All of my Christian culture friends have Coldplay on their Facebook profiles.”

I think she makes a decent case.

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*For the record I don’t think Coldplay is outright shitty, I just think it is sort of uninspired yet highly listen-able. A bit like Christian culture.

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#210 Mandatory chapel at Bible college
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#209 Perceiving persecution
Christian culture is vigilant about persecution. Jesus said being persecuted goes with the territory of following him, and some of those followers are really on the lookout. Christian culture sees persecution in all sorts of things and they often say they're under attack. The institution of marriage

posted 6:16:31pm Feb. 03, 2011 | read full post »

#208 Missionary dating
When someone in Christian culture meets a delicious non-Christian they will usually assume a missionary position with them. Missionary dating is when you date a non-Christian for the express purpose of proselytizing so as to instigate their conversion. Youth group leaders heartily disapprove of mis

posted 6:16:57pm Jan. 27, 2011 | read full post »

#207 Marrying young
Christian culture gets married young. The reason isn't entirely clear, but the general consensus is that it drastically lowers the risk of fornication. You just can't fornicate if you're married, and that takes care of that. Fornication is Christian culture's natural enemy. Bible colleges (aka

posted 6:33:07pm Jan. 19, 2011 | read full post »


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