We’re all broken. We’re all uncool. We’re all in need of a Savior.
This video is quite funny, and should be familiar to anyone that has ever sat through a self-consciously hip service at a mega church. Perhaps the fact that it was produced by a megachurch shows an encouraging capacity for self criticism.
I for one have zero interest in a church with a fair-trade coffee bar, its own iPhone app, or a pastor who looks like Justin Bieber. I’m sure that some will want to point out to me that none of these features are inherently wrong, and that they can of course be used by good people to do good things, but still I find myself more interested in belonging to a church with a cool factor of around zero.I want a church that includes noisy kids, old liturgy, bad sound, weird congregants, and amateur musicians. Why? Well, for one thing, when the gospel story is accompanied by a fog machine and light show, I always get this feeling like someone’s trying to sell me something. It’s as though we’re all compensating for the fact that Christianity’s not good enough to stand on its own so we’re adding entertainment and snacks.
But more importantly, I want to be part of an uncool church because I want to be part of a community that shares the reputation of Jesus, and like it or not, Jesus’ favorite people in the world were not cool. They were mostly sinners, misfits, outcasts, weirdos, poor people, and sick people.
Jesus taught us that when we throw a banquet or a party, our invitation list should include the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. So why do church growth/marketing advocates always seem target the young, the hip, the healthy, and the resourced?
Some of us wear our brokenness on the inside, others on the outside. But we’re all broken. We’re all uncool. We’re all in need of a Savior.