“There’s Nothing More Pathetic Than an Aging Hipster”

I came across an excellent article about relevant worship on the Creed, Code, Cult Blog. Jason Stellman begins his article describing most of what is called contemporary worship in our postmodern age:

But as is often the case with parents who desperately desire to appear “hip” to their teenage children, dressing Reformed theology in contemporary garb can be as silly as a fifty year-old man sporting a brand new earring and salon tan—he appears awkward and uncomfortable, while his kids roll their eyes and see right through the facade.

To quote Dr. Evil (who didn’t spend six years in evil medical school to be called Mister), “There’s nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster.”

He concludes by reminding shepherds to not “dumb down” worship, but teach the sheep of the timelessness of the “language of Zion:”

The answer is not to domesticate our faith or de-fang our worship, but to learn it and learn to love it. If there are words that we don’t understand, we must endeavor to come to understand them. If there are hymns that sound complicated to our ears that have been catechized by “Top 40” radio then we must retune them, even if but once a week, so that we can join in singing the same praises that our grandfathers and grandmothers in the faith sang long ago.

In short, Christianity has its own language and culture, and though these can never be utterly divorced from their contemporary setting, this does not change the fact that they are all inclusive; they just take a little getting used to. After all, if I have somehow picked up what “second and eight” means even though I don’t like football, it is surely not too much to ask that Christ’s people—who like Christianity—learn the meaning of “justification.”

To read all of the article go here.

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2 Comments

  1. May 20, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    I like it. Very good.

  2. Dixie Rankin said,

    May 25, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    I like this too. It is very good!


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