There’s so much to like about this article, including the commentary about zombie music, but this description of “Becky” coalesced my unease with this segment of the music industry.
“One station programmer told me that Becky is a forty-two-year-old soccer mom…She is the one who runs her household, the one with her finger on the radio knob, and she wants something positive to play in the minivan as she drives her kids to soccer practice…Becky is the quintessential Christian radio listener.”
One of the songs that we sung at church this past weekend was “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. I like hymns in general for the way that they contain timeless observations about the life of faith. This hymn in particular has two lines that I keep in my mind often:
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
This line speaks to how we can be out of tune to God. I like that it’s a desire to want to get back to a place to praise Him. My decisions will draw me nearer to or farther from God, and this speaks to the familiar trek back to Him.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Ah, the regularity of my wandering heart – even to the One who I’ve committed my life! The life of faith has its ups and downs. What I want isn’t always what I know I want to want. I like the honesty of the line.
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Ah, makes me think about a recurring theme in my faith about brokenness and resetting my life priorities. Reminding myself about who God is and where I place my trust sets a good foundation/home base that makes the rest of life much easier to navigate.
This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken! (Jeremiah 9:23, 24 NLT)
Wow! What a read about the Church and the way it has mingled with popular culture. It’s not surprising that people would find this version of faith/spirituality to be inadequate and unfulfilling. Resonates with a nagging question: when will “the next generation” in the church becomes “the generation”? Not gonna happen anytime soon when the mindset is to take and not to give.
Juvenilization tends to create a self-centered, emotionally driven, and intellectually empty faith.
Today many Americans of all ages not only accept a Christianized version of adolescent narcissism, they often celebrate it as authentic spirituality. God, faith, and the church all exist to help me with my problems…If we believe that a mature faith involves more than good feelings, vague beliefs, and living however we want, we must conclude that juvenilization has revitalized American Christianity at the cost of leaving many individuals mired in spiritual immaturity.
When Are We Going to Grow Up? The Juvenilization of American Christianity
Pastor Tim concluded his sermon with a line that went something like this:
May we quicken our response to the Spirit’s guiding.
I like that idea because it speaks to a life of obedience in Christ. Taken another way, it’s a call not to hesitate to do what I’m called to do as I live out my Christian faith. (After all, knowing the right thing isn’t the same thing as doing the right thing!) Be quick to do good.
Moncton Wesleyan Church – Guardrails Week #1 – Jan 5, 2014