I am sometimes blown away at the lengths we go to make Jesus seem cool to everybody else.
But Jesus isn’t trendy, not in the way we desperately want him to be. Every attempt our culture makes, including Christians, to portray Jesus as cool and acceptable plays down the truth that he is the only way to salvation.
In reading through John, it is unmistakable that Jesus claims to be the only way to the Father. Which, despite how true and necessary that claim is, is not a cool thing to say.
I wonder what would happen if we stopped putting our efforts into making Jesus cool, and just preached the audacious gospel that Jesus requires. We probably wouldn’t be popular, Jesus probably would be hated by more people, but at least Jesus wouldn’t be just another cool commodity on our multi-pathed spiritual journey.