This is part two of my last post. A great conversation on a very importqant topic for the future of the church.
This is her second response -
"We (my pastor and I) talked about the tension between those of us who are artistic (creative) and those who are pragmatic (in his case, recreative). We both see the same goal (reaching people) but see the means to the end differently. Neither of us seeing each other as being "wrong..." just "different." I affirmed I don't see him copycatting or diluting his message - he is still authentic, even if our means aren't always the most original. As he said when we were all eating at that little Mexican place when we were all down there visiting - he takes things and adapts them for our audience.
(My thoughts in the conversation on pop culture) We (my church specifically) are using less and less of other church's things (good, IMHO) but still using pop culture references way too much (IMHO again.) It seems like EVERY church is ripping off EVERY thing in pop culture. Every time I see a church doing "Desperate Households" or "CSI" (guilty as charged here) ... it is making my stomach turn. Especially "iAnything" as well. iPray. iWorship. iConnect. iWhatever. I know these are relating points for our guests and can stir up interest, but I have been really convicted lately that the connection between people and the holy spirit will ALWAYS supercede ANY connection they may make with a pop culture reference. How can we creatively package felt-needs BESIDES using pop culture references in every galldarned thing?
(His thoughts) He agrees, reminds me that we are taking steps in that direction. Lovingly calls me out my impatience (true). But agrees and talks about how some churches do overdo it - one specifically in this area, also *****.
Which leads to the copy-cat culture of churches which that conversation you pretty much already wrote what we talked about below in your first reply. :)"
Here is my second entry in the conversation -
"I think the pop culture thing can be overdone as well. But I also think it is a valuable language “link” in connecting the unchurched with the message of Christ. When it is problematic is when it supercedes us in creating our own “art.” We will never lead in our communities culturally if all we ever do is live in reaction/adaptation mode. We lead and we influence when we create.
You don’t hear cover songs at the Grammy awards.
No one will win an Oscar for remaking “Schindler’s List” anytime soon.
One thing that makes Pixar so successful is they aren’t content to rest on their laurels and just franchise a single film because they know people will see “Monster’s Inc. 2.” The new story is the priority.
The church must stop reacting to culture. But it still needs to understand the language of culture. Missions 101. What is the language? What are the questions and metaphors? What are the felt needs?
Mission is driven by love. Love wants to understand the one loved.
We influence and create the future when we are wholly ourselves, empowered by the ever creative Spirit of God. God has put His indelible, innovative, creative, diversity-loving thumbprint on our very souls. This is part of what it means to be “created in His image.”
We live by faith.
We are known by love,
We are a voice of hope."
Next time - Indigeneity in Worship.