Putting off Cynicism

Posted By on January 25, 2014


Cynicism is the attitude that encapsulates the ethos of twentysomethings par excellence. It is, I think, the most covert negative emotion. We harbor it in Christian garb: cynicism toward immature men (“man-boys”), hipsters, a denomination or movement, clichés, and a thousand other things.

Cynicism is so undetectable because it is so justifiable. It wears a mask of insight and godliness, but it conceals festering wounds of harbored bitterness against God and neighbor. We need to understand cynicism, because the masks we wear tell us about the wounds we hide, and point us to the Savior who yearns to mend them.

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2 Responses to “Putting off Cynicism”

  1. Hobbit says:

    A good read. But it concerns me that too much of the time, we are providing the soil for that eventual cynicism, by promising too much in the first place.

    I grew up in the Pentecostal tradition, and came to faith in it; but I distinctly remember how it had a habit of promising more, in terms of one’s life experience, than was eventually delivered – or could be delivered. Now, if someone buys into a promise of “do this and you’ll be blessed with …” and that promise isn’t, for whatever reason, delivered on, then it is no surprise that cynicism, wrong as it is, will be the end-result.

    Surely we can head off “the bad guys at the pass” by being a little more realistic in the expectations we give people? I am not sure that this would be an issue in the Reformed tradition, but I can think of other traditions where it has been.

  2. Hobbit says:

    “It is easier for a woman to explain her singleness in terms of male immaturity than it is to face the possibility of being unwanted”.

    Um, do we really want to think/talk about this, however we understand the ‘sovereignty of God’?

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