The Risk of Relevancy

At what lengths are we willing to go to sacrifice the Gospel for the sake of being relevant and "liked" in our culture? How long will we continue to copy the world and attach the word "Christian" to it? I don't remember who said it, maybe Derek Webb, but it goes something like; "The label, Christian, attached to anything but a person is just a marketing term." And I'd have to agree with that. How are we really advancing the Kingdom of God by copying the ways of the world? And who are we really fooling?

I really like what my friend Tim Thornton says:

"It's one thing to have a culturally relevant expression and another to hide the truth that is worth seeking in the name of seekers."

Is it because we don't want to be thought a fool that we water down the gospel? Are we that prideful and arrogant? I can only speak from my own experience, but yes, I have been that prideful and arrogant in my walk before. Then I learned to repent. But If you try to appeal to everyone, you will end up standing for nothing. Not that being a Christian means you completely remove yourself from culture, on the contrary, we should be an even greater impact on our culture. However, it's not anything we do in our strength, only by the grace of God.

So maybe it's not a question of being relevant or not, but are we doing only what we hear the Father saying?