Blow’em up

October 15, 2007

While I won’t stop playing violent video games he does have a point about using it to reach Sinnahs.

While I am personally okay with contemporary worship, I have recently gotten concerned about the church becoming too relevant, too seeker-friendly and too much like the secular world.

Mr. Proctor discusses some of the more outlandish ways churches are recruiting new people nowadays. The one that caught my eye was a church here in Metro Denver that I have attended on and off for several years. He refers to a New York Times article on the use of this Halo game to attract teenagers.

I watched a few Halo videos on YouTube. This is violent stuff! What is it doing in church? Christians are famous for crusading against excessive sex and violence in entertainment. They remind us time and again that life imitates art. (After Columbine — 10 miles from Colorado Community Church — much was made of the killers’ penchant for violent video games.) However, if violent material gets kids into church, who cares?

1 Cor 9:22
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

Which is why I now frequent strip clubs in order to win those young and misunderstood ladies…At some point we need to ask ourselves how far is too far. I’m not in the least bit surprised though. Its all part of the trend to raise attendance, build that church, and increasing the incoming funds so we can – um – reach more people to increase the incoming funds.

My pastor keeps telling my wife that he’s glad that she’ll be finished with college soon because finally someone in the family believes in tithing. I’ve taught my wife too well and she kindly reminds him that she must obey her husband.

Can this husband retain his role as Priest Daddy or will his pastor reign supreme. Tune in…


2 Responses to “Blow’em up”

  1. Tim Says:

    Eactly. The church keeps using the world’s methods to bring in people (never converting them to the truth), and wonder why the church is becoming ever so more worldly.

  2. Monsieurturtle Says:

    I agree somewhat. Reaching people in dark places is something the church should always do (hearing of churches turning away transexuals and the like bothers me- it is our job to help save people, not to judge them for their past actions and decisions, no matter how awkward it may feel to us), but bastardizing the faith or compromising one’s own holiness in order to reach others should be avoided by a mile.

    I cringed when back when I’d been given the “eXtreme Teen Bible”- not, of course, because of what it truly was, but because of how they had presented it. The faith of Christianity transcends generational fads, and seeing its message being lowered to accommodate this “eXtreme” mantle brings me great consternation.

    Modern Churches are beginning to lose their credibility as true religious organizations and are beginning to resemble marketing companies. I understand the great need to bring a culture accustomed to these tactics back to the church, but trading blows in this manner seems antithetical to the faith.

    In fact, the cheap ploys (however sincere) have been seen as just that by many, including myself. We’re aware of how marketing works, and seeing a supposedly holy body using business tactics to win souls is rather heartbreaking. It was my rejection of these methods and my rejection of the evolution of the faith into a “feel-good self-help seminar” that eventually led me to join a traditionalist body.

    It’s difficult to explain how much more one appreciates worship when they are not being dazzled by wordly things; when they can focus on the graveness of the religion and the glory of Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, rather than focusing on blasting away a “Covenant Elite” in Halo or watching the local band play out an ironically soulless tune about our Lord. I appreciate participating in a Liturgy which has remained generally the same for 2000 years, and most certainly, participating in a faith which does not concede to heretical ideas, even when those ideas are espoused by the Bishop of Rome himself.

    Unfortunately, I feel that many youths don’t share my appreciation of these elements.

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