Most churches I know are somehow stuck. If your in a church that claims to be a “new testament church” as in a REAL one, or a “First Century Church”, or “An Acts 2 church”, and you think your brand is the only one that claims that you would be wrong. There are lots of groups that rally around those cries or similar ones. It seems that a lot of these…ok most of these churches are really a 1980 church, or a 1970 or 1950 or maybe even a 1850 church. The way they DO “church” dates back to their hay day, or the hay day of those they used to admire most. Maybe it dates back to their most dynamic and charasmatic leader. But they don’t really do church at all like AD 40.
I am not even sure that is good thing to want/desire/ strive to be.
I think we are called to be the church of Today.
The church in the new testament was if anything…messed up. Maybe it was messed up in a good way. Some churches could benifit from a good dose of someone sleeping with their father’s wife. It would be the first time, in a long time ,they had to deal with anything.
It seems that most churches are in the music business and are handing out cassette tapes.
We haven’t had a vehicle with a tape player in some time. Years. I still have a stereo that has one…it also has this thing called a turntable for playing records. My kids have a cassette player…but only because they have a lot of old hand-me-down cassettes they like to listen to. If it were not for those hand-me-down’s they wouldn’t even know what a cassette was.
In case you have forgotten, cassettes are these plastic cases with two flimsy spools that hold a even flimsier magnetic ribbon.
Churches are telling people they have got some good music for them. “Here have a cassette!” The only people that take one are people that grew up in that culture or in a similar one and know how to access the music. Or maybe the occasional person who doesn’t realize what they are being given, or is too nice to say no. Everyone else thinks, “what would I do with that?”
Some churches even give out 8-tracks or albums or these…
somebody might take one of these just because it is so neat.
There is a generation that will always be lost if not reached with the good music. But, this one in particular marks a change in thinking that unless we change to their technology (way of listening) they will not have a clue what we are saying.
So, if you sitting here thinking, yeah we need to be handing out CD’s…..then you are making my point. Nobody listens to CD’s if they do actually buy a physical one, then they immediately put it on their ipod.