This article contains much food for thought. It has been my observation living with three teenagers, and hanging around, as a consequence, with a lot of teenagers, that many of our teens think that what the Boomer crowd seems to think is "relevant worship" is, in their view, trite, banal, silly and irrelevant. Here is one young woman's opinion on this subject, titled, "Why I Walked Out of Church" by Julie Neidlinger. Here is an excerpt, follow the link to Julie's web site to read the rest.
"Today, I went to Bismarck Evangel
Temple, sat through the worship and most of the sermon, and
then…walked out before it was done.
I don't blame that church;
it is my own inability to fit that literally forced me to leave. I
don't really doubt their sincerity, and that many people love the
programs and opportunities that church provides. I've even found, in
the past, a few sermons to be interesting. But…
I believe what
I believe — my Christian faith — not because of tradition or because
I was raised that way. Not because I want fire insurance or
hell-avoidance. Not because I want to find a group or place to belong.
I believe it on my own, I believe it to be real, I believe it to be
important and valid, and I believe the way we have made Christianity
out to be is completely wrong. And that's why I have such a hard time
going to church as it is now done.
Reaching people with trendiness
recent cover story at World Magazine about "NextGen Worship" inspired a
strong desire to smack the pastors depicted in the article and in the
photos. The cover photo alone enraged me,
with the pastor wearing baggy jeans and untucked button-up shirt with
flip flops and an ear microphone. Later, the same guy is shown out
front of a church holding a paper Starbucks-like cup of coffee. Could
he try any harder to be lame?
I'd have liked to have taken that
cup of coffee and dumped it on his head. But it's nothing personal
against that guy or his beliefs or sincerity. It's an anger at
I'm not going to be one of those starched-collar
Christians who, based on personal preference, say that this is a sign
we're going to hell in a handbasket and that all things are wrong
unless they are done as they were with the Puritans. What I'm saying is
that I can't stand the phoniness, or trendiness, or sameness — or
whatever I'm trying to say here — that the church seems to catch onto
at the tail end, not even aware of how lame it is. The fact that this
is not only actually successful in appealing to people, but attracts
them, also disgusts me.
It makes me want to throw up.
It's buying into some kind of lie or substitution of cool culture as being relevant when it isn't.