Worldliness by C.J. Mahaney is a nice little read put together by several authors. Several typical yet pertinent topics are discussed, such as music, entertainment, and clothing, but each one is addressed from a clearly Biblical standpoint. At first, I thought this book was going to be a defense of the new-evangelical positions of leniency and “being all things to all men.” However, I was pleasantly surprised to find rather traditional views explained in light of current culture.
Craig Cabaniss wrote the chapter entitled God, My Heart, and Media, and I found this chapter to be very logical and practical. I liked especially that Cabaniss pointed out the truth that the tendency is to lower our standards under the guise of reaching people. However, we must honestly ask ourselves whether or not anyone is actually being reached, and if so, what are they being reached to. An honest evaluation of that question ought to guard those of us in ministry leadership from chasing modernity or cultural relevance, both of which tend to minimize the holiness of the God we serve.
A thought-provoking and easy-to-read book, Worldliness is a tight apology on truths many of us still hold dear.