Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Something sis said this weekend keeps coming back in that irritating, itchy way that some thoughts have. Apparently the fastest growing church in her neighborhood is Baptist style church popular with the young people. Services start on time and end on time. There's all sorts of youth groups, adult groups, singles groups etc. and up the wazoo.

It seems that the younger folks like it because it provides them "with what they want." I hate to admit it but my knowledge of the gospels is more than a little rusty these days. However, I 've always been under the impression that a certain itinerant preacher got in trouble with the imperial and temple authorities because he went around telling people what God wanted, not the other way around. Perhaps I've been mistaken all these years.

1 comment:

Lisa :-] said...

I think that all religion is pretty much "what [we] want." We want to believe there's something bigger than ourselves. We want to believe there is life beyond, or after, this one. We want something--someOne--greater than ourselves to make decisions for us, to tell us what to do. We want to slough off just a little of the responisbility for what we do.

Religion fills that need for us. So don't be too hard on young people looking for "what they want" in a church...