Churches Trying Too Hard
The Top 10 Reasons We’re Losing our Youth: Remember, the statistics? 70% of youth stop attending church when they graduate from High School. Nearly a decade later, only about half return to church. Why? Let’s start with reason #10 …
10. The Church is “Relevant”:
You didn’t misread that, it doesn’t say irrelevant, it says RELEVANT. We’ve taken a historic, 2,000 year old faith, dressed it in plaid and skinny jeans and tried to sell it as “cool” to our kids. It’s not cool. It’s not modern. What we’re packaging is a cheap knockoff of the world we’re called to evangelize.
As the quote says, “When the ship is in the ocean, everything’s fine. When the ocean gets into the ship, you’re in trouble.”
We yawn at a 5-minute biblical text, but almost trip over ourselves swarming over a minor celebrity or athlete who makes any vague reference to being a Christian. We become like a flattering wanna-be just hoping the world will think we’re cool too.
Our kids meet the real world and our “look, we’re cool like you” posing is mocked. In our effort to be “like them” we’ve become less of who we actually are. The middle-aged pastor trying to look like his 20-something audience isn’t relevant. Dress him up in the latest fashion and hand him a latte, it doesn’t matter. It’s not relevant, it’s comically cliché. The minute you aim to be “authentic” (by the world’s means), you’re no longer authentic (by the Word’s means)!