I’ve already stated that I don’t care much for blogging other people’s material. And yet, here I sit, doing it once again.
Oh, well…blogging time is at a premium around here on a Wednesday, and sometimes you find the right words without having to write them yourself. After all, there is nothing new under the sun (from Ecclesiastes, which is also a text for this Sunday).
This morning at Common Ground Bible study, we talked about what we value, and why putting value on the wrong things causes us excessive worry. Churches, for years, have put a “premium” on buildings, acquiring “stuff”, buying into the If you build it, they will come philosophy.
Sometimes, facilities and upgrades are needed and necessary; and sometimes they are of great help to both the church and the larger community. But they can also become an albatross around our necks in a very short period of time.
Not long after that discussion, our friend Christina Whitehouse-Suggs posted this, and it’s well worth considering. You can click on the link below for the full article.
Why is this in the Religion section? Because churches with massive overhead invested in things like church buildings, denominational infrastructures, functional church organizational models (think: a baptized version of General Motors’ organizational structure, complete with a board of directors, departments, departmental committees, etc.) are awakening to the fact that the generations that are supposed to be taking the institutional baton are showing very little interest in grabbing for it.
In fact, in many ways, these generations increasingly think the church has been running toward the wrong finish line for years –concerned as it seems to have been not with figuring out how more faithfully to live like the Jesus of the Gospels, but in acquiring bigger and better stuff to hand down to a generation that doesn’t particularly want to inherit it.
You could try to convince the emerging generations that they ought to value the tools you’ve always used, that they should want to take care of them, that they’re going to need them someday, that they should want to pass them down to their children.
Or, you could complain about the fact that these kids just don’t appreciate what you’ve done for them.
Or, you could suck it up and bless them on their next wild adventure.