How To Be The Church (You Tell Me!)

Vieux Montréal 1889. Église presbytérienne St.Gabriel's Church of Scotland, rue St-Gabriel.photo © 2009 Philippe Du Berger | more info (via: Wylio)
(Originally posted in my personal blog.)

A few months ago Brett McCracken wrote an article for Relevant Magazine asking why so many young evangelicals are leaving the Church. Throughout the article (which he wrote in between his numerous blog posts drooling over Terrence Malick movies), McCracken basically suggests it’s all because of our generation’s rampant individualism. While there might be some truth to that, here’s the reason why I think so many young people are leaving the Church:

We do a really crappy job of being the Church.

Let me give you an example. McCracken’s right when he says there are a lot of young evangelicals who have a “me first” mentality, but that’s only half of it. In my own experience I’ve seen whole families that treat the Church like it’s only something you do for an hour every Sunday and that’s it. They get into their nice little polo shirts and khaki pants (or if you’re a girl, a blouse with open-toe shoes), sit in the pew, sing the songs, listen to the sermon, take communion, and then when it’s over they go straight home where they eat their Sunday meal and then watch football (because nothing says “keeping the sabbath holy” like watching men grope and pulverize each other). Then it’s the same thing next week, and the week after that, and the week after that, etc.

The problem is Church is more than just a Sunday ritual. In fact, if I’m reading my Bible right, it’s not something you do . . . it’s something you are.

It’s the Body of Christ (Romans 12:5).

It’s being Jesus’ ambassadors to a dying world (2 Corinthians 5:20).

It’s about living in community and having all thing in common (Acts 2:44).

And yes, I do a crappy job of being the Church just as much as the next Christian.

So I want to ask you, my dear readers, how you and your local faith community try to be the Church. I want to know how you try to live like an actual family rather than a bunch of individuals who only see each other once a week. I can’t wait to hear your answers.

brett mccracken :: 3.27

brett mccracken

this week we chat with brett mccracken, author of the new book, “hipster christian.” he discusses the book and what led him to documenting hipsters christians: from the Jesus movement of the 60s, to the young restless reformed movement and emergents of today.

brett lives in LA and currently works full-time for biola university as managing editor for biola magazine. in his spare time, he writes movie reviews and features for christianity today as well as contributing frequently to relevant magazine.

related ::
brett’s blog
brett on twitter
hipsterchristianity.com
brett’s book: hipster christianity
are you a christian hipster?

music ::
wiselywoven – throne to earth
ordinary time – river
holy ghost! – i will come back