Monday, October 29, 2007

Trueman on Pandering to Youthfulness

Carl Trueman has written a good piece on how too often churches and pastors pander to the culture in an immature effort to be Cool” or “hip.” He starts with a humorous discussion of baldness. I encourage you to check it out.

Trueman is really on to something. We need to get over ourselves and get more caught up with God. My generation is really too concerned with appearing young. We need to lead the way in showing that the goal is to grow in wisdom and grace as we age in years- not to follow Peter Pan in a puerile pursuit of being forever young. Idolizing youth is adolescent.


B Nettles said...

The other side of the coin is that young people need to be encouraged to recognize and seek out the wisdom that the more mature members of the church can provide. Often, they are either told or allowed to think these older adults are "boring old people." I know of an ex-minister who actually said he didn't like adults (although he was 35) and kept telling students he wasn't going to have a boring Sunday School "like you used to have." How tragic!

Ray Van Neste said...

Exactly Bill!
We have gotten really out of line with our view on this haven't we?