It's true that much of what has emerged with the postmodern congregation is a reaction to what has come before. I think we are getting past that, but it is still true in many ways. So, the worship culture there has tended to emphasize things they felt were missing or ignored in their previous experience growing up. Themes like brokenness, sinfulness, humility, mystery, wonder, uncertainty and the journey of life get an almost disproportionate amount of airtime. These are themes that are important to walk though and express in the worship experience for them. And they can look like so much "wallowing" to the uninitiatiated. It may change in the future. The pegged needle may move back towards the center. In the mean time, this is an extremely important area for them to explore. And, for me, it is a very rich and meaningful part of my worship relationship with God.
Unfortunately, the more established sections of the church often see this as unhealthy and even percieved as a critique of their own worship. It has become something of a polarizing issue for many. "Where's the joy? Where's the victory?" they might say.
The truth is it's all valid. In our faith journeys, no matter how old you are or what your world view is, we need to worship the Creator from the place we are in life, as authentically and as passionately as God deserves. God reveals himself to us in so many different ways as we learn and grow with him. Words like "grace", "love", "faith," "mercy" all continue to grow with us as we experience God thoughout our lives. We can't impose on someone else where we think they should be on their journey. Nor, should we suppose that because they don't relate to God precisely they way we do, it is somehow inferior, invalid, or worse yet, a critique of our own worship.
The cultural shift in the 21st century is a very real thing. And we need to lead the way into the future with humility as we explore what God is birthing in His church in order to serve our changing world. At the same time we need not discard or write-off the history, tradition and hearts of the saints who have come before us; and I mean immediatley before us. We can all learn from each other and value the wonderful diversity of this thing called "The Body of Christ."
I started writing this because I was unsure about doing a certain song. In the process I have exposed my own judgements and misunderstandings about how some relate to God.
I think I'm gonna do that song.