I think this is going to be the name of my new club. Perhaps I could get it to be an RSO of the Synod. 🙂 Doubtful. What does this mean?
One of the biggest pet peeves of my 16 year old daughter is when adults (especially teachers) make statements like, “Well, you probably won’t understand this, but…” or “At your age, you must (fill in the blank).” Basically she hates it when people assume things about her because of her age. I can understand this. I’ve tried to tell her that it is a fact of life that we are defined by our age, but I can see her point of view.
The same thing happens in the Church. So many (especially those it seems in the age bracket of 45-60) assume that in order to reach high schoolers or junior high kids you have to water everything down. Take the issue of worship and music for example. Someone tried to tell me the other day that if we really want to get young people to step into our church, we need to offer a service that is a little different than the normal organ/hymn style. I beg to differ. I had just gotten back from Higher Things in Bloomington, where over 1000 high school students prayed Matins, Vespers, Evening Prayer, and worshiped in the Divine Service, and I didn’t sense any disappointment among them.
Why do we do this? Why do people assume that in order to reach kids with the Gospel you have to package it in something “relevant” or similar to what they get in pop culture? If anything, I would say that in order to eliminate any confusion in the minds of young people about the Church, it should be completely different than what they are receiving in the pop culture. So, I say, Enough Condescension Already! Do you agree?