Sunday, March 02, 2008

Don't Stop; Rock the Flock

You need not despair over what you are seeing and reading about the decline of the Church As We Know It. You probably read some of the same blogs I do written by people who are disillusioned with their faith. Seems like every day there is a new “Why I Hate Going to Church” book being printed. Let me offer you some perspective on this. You know the principle of physics, “for every action, there is a reaction.” The Church As We Know It has been in reaction mode for as long as I have been a part of it. You probably aren’t old enough to remember when Christian Rock became a genre. The big defense that supported that style of music was that it sounded kinda like real rock and roll, but it had safer lyrics. Didn’t really matter that Led Zepplin sounded better than Servant. The action of Rock produced the reaction of Christian Rock. Then there was Evidence that Demands a Verdict, which locked us in evangelism on defense mode for 30 years. We had to have an answer for EVERYTHING. “I’m not sure” just wasn’t good enough. The world around us was going to hell in a handbasket and it was up to our generation to stop it. And if we failed it was because we weren’t vocal enough, or well prepared. Fast forward a bit. Even today one of the more hip publications you are reading is called Relevant. Why, may I ask, does the editorial staff feel the need to be so defensive about their content? Who are they trying to convince? Do I feel better about what I am reading with such a title to remind me that, yes indeed, I am relevant? I’m not trying to smack the magazine. I’m just trying to point out how The Church As We Know It does not seem to operate from a secure core. Why else would it be so defensive? Future Pastor, I believe the despair that you are witnessing is good and necessary to usher in the kind of change that will allow the Church of the Future to emerge. The Future Church will not be a reactionary one. It will not feel the need to convince itself that it is right and the world is wrong. It will operate from its beliefs regardless of what the culture around it is doing. In the Future Church you won’t see any need for comparisons of culture. You won’t have to put out statements like “if you like Foo Fighters, you’ll love the guitars sounds of My Hair Points to the Sky…” The cottage industry of refuting popular books like DaVinci Code won’t be necessary. Kids won’t have to wear A Breadcrumb & Fish t-shirts. They just won’t care anymore. I believe we are in exciting times. We are in the process of spiritual awakening unlike anything History has ever seen. Most folks don’t see it this way, but I do, and I hope you can catch a glimpse of it as well. You can’t be looking for a revival like the previous Great Awakenings a hundred years ago. In those movements, the Church As They Knew It flourished, but not so with this one. Our 21st Century Great Awakening will create a new expression, because new wine won’t keep in old wineskins. Make it your goal to live deeply in the faith in which you are convinced. Even if you are not convinced, take all the time you need to work it out. Stop worrying. Lighten up. Don’t be so uptight. SomeOne started something in you and won’t abandon it until it is complete.

8 comments:

glenn said...

Is there really a group called, My Hair Points To The Sky?

"I’m just trying to point out how The Church As We Know It does not seem to operate from a secure core. Why else would it be so defensive?"

So true!

"Our 21st Century Great Awakening will create a new expression, because new wine won’t keep in old wineskins."

Another zinger!

I'm getting more hopeful all the time.

Here's a question. What can you and I do to help these future pastors?

Watchman said...

Glenn

I believe the best thing we can do is find the true source of our faith. I believe this is what many are reacting against, me included. I felt underled because those in front of me could not accomodate my search. They did not seem settled in their own soul, therefore what is there to really offer?

watchman

Erin said...

I like this "The Future Church will not...feel the need to convince itself that it is right and the world is wrong. It will operate from its beliefs regardless of what the culture around it is doing."

Although I know we can't see all the implications for life as we know it, I like the spiritual move from modern to postmodern (answers to questions). It has made my faith easier to live.

co_heir said...

You mean I have to get rid of my "God's Gym" t-shirt? :)

I think fear is the major thing driving the Church As We Know It. They're constantly on the watch for things that are going to make them stumble. They are not secure in trusting God to keep those that are His.

I'm seeing that trust in God's grace more and more in those who will be part of the Future Church.

Watchman said...

co-heir

face the music; sell the shirt on eBay. take advantage of the market now. dont delay :)

watchman

Watchman said...

glenn

the hair reference was from an 80's band called Daniel Amos from their album, Vox Humana. They had a song called "Home Permanent" which poked fun at the absurdity of relegating evangelism to bumperstickers and tshirts. the line in the chorus was, "My hair points to the sky, the place I want to be." They were ahead of their time.

watchman

glenn said...

Oh!!!! Thanks for the explanation.

Tracy Simmons said...

I just recently found your blog and have been reading through your posts one at a time. I just wanted to say this: Where have you been all my life? :-)

Thanks for speaking out in this manner!