In it, among other things, author Ken Myer suggests that it isn’t “the culture” that is the problem – rather what we are doing (or not doing) in church, or as members thereof. Or for want of a better phrase, our “church culture.”
In reply to the question “Practically speaking, how has the church been too influenced by the broader culture?” he offers the following short-list to get the conversation started:
- The way in which the dominant role of technology in our lives promotes the deep assumption that we can fix anything;
- The way in which proliferating mechanisms of convenience erodes the virtues of patience and longsuffering;
- The way in which the elimination of standards of public propriety and manners undermines assumptions about the legitimacy of authority and deference to the communal needs; and
- The way in which the high prestige accorded to entertainers creates the conviction that every valuable experience should be entertaining.
Those four short lines are deeply challenging. Go back and consider them again and – instead of thinking “Yea, I know churches/people who do that…” - have a think about how those assumptions have influenced you.
Have you found ways to push back on those tendencies? Feel free to leave a comment…