Thursday, July 28, 2005

From Verbum ipsum
Evangelicals trying to be hip... again
And what’s wrong with it
In other words, Christians can be insufferable hipsters too!
A punto. The worst of hipster snobbery and insufferable Evangelical Protestant self-righteousness as self-centred kids latch onto ‘virtue is cool’ as a new trend. (The RC neocons and parts of the Eastern Orthodox convert boomlet are the same way.)
Churches make room with "come as you are" dress codes that leave behind the formality many older churchgoers remember from their youth.
I’m a moderate on this one holding that the Catholic position is objectivity/liturgical decorum in the sanctuary but ‘come as you are’ for the laity as long as you don’t look like you’re for hire or a striptease act (in short, as long as you aren’t an occasion of sin). This place in New York’s Soho is an example of what I mean by this moderation. The Catholic Church: here comes everybody. And that’s how it should be.
And that line about "If you wear a hat in church, does that mean you're not saved?" How about "All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful"? It's one thing to recognize that tastes in fashion or music change; it's quite another to banish reverence from church altogether.
A punto.
When I read these kinds of stories it only makes me think that I wouldn't have gone anywhere near such a place when I was 20 years old. Once I finally got around to reacquainting myself with Christianity after a long period of indifference mixed with hostility, I think I wanted to find something that didn't just replicate or mimic the surrounding culture. If hanging out at church is no different from hanging out at Starbucks, what's the point? The coffee and music at Starbucks are probably better.

The (first) two comments are spot-on as well.

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