In 1999, I heard Dr. La Donna Osborn, the daughter of Evangelist TL Osborn speak in Atlanta, GA. She talked about the necessity of relevance for the church. Her words resonated deeply with me and I determined with all my heart to live my live in service for the King never forgetting that we must always give relevance for the hour. While many talk about relevance in a different context, the place that transformational and liberating truth holds for the church must never fade away.
The Hour of Relevance is our hour of intense biblical study and apologetic focus designed and geared towards bringing the teachings and words of the Jesus Christ into a relevant and meaningful framework. Relevance has profound meaning to our present culture. Whether it is religious, technological, cultural or social, context is key. The teachings of Jesus Christ has to pursue relevance and remain relevant because when He was here on earth there was no technology or Internet, no social media like we have now, no cultural revolutions like we are in right now. The way we dress now, the music we listen to, the entire religious, social and cultural fabric of our society has completely changed. Therefore, we have to realign not reinterpret how we share His Gospel. As the Supreme Court of the United States has reinterpreted the original meaning of some aspects of the Constitution, and made changes, the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not change its context or meaning. Hebrews 13: 8, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
The word relevance for some has a double meaning. For the spiritually engaged Christian, it is his worldview that is at odds with popular culture. To be relevant does not mean that you do away with what was once “cool” to embrace the new regardless of its Biblical currency and immutability. And, it does not mean that you have to relegate what you hold to be true, valid and constant to yesterdays’ old way of thinking regardless of its context. Far too many Christians have been bamboozled into changing the truth of the Bible because it is no longer “cool” to be a faithful Christian.