“Ironically, this demand for choice that has fueled the consumer church may ultimately be its undoing. According to George Barna’s book, Revolution,20 million Americans are no longer satisfied with the options available at institutional churches. Instead they’re “choosing from a proliferation of options, weaving together a set of favoredalternatives into a unique tapestry that constitutes the personal’church’ of the individual.”
It’s the logical conclusion of consumer Christianity: iChurch.
The new breed of Christian consumers, Barna’s”revolutionaries,” customize discipleship the way iPod users customize a playlist. They might find encouragement at a community support group, worship at a Third Day concert, listen to a podcast sermon, and read about the topic of the day at the Christian bookstore. While the churches we’ve known it fades into memory like vinyl LPs.”
Technology in and of itself is not corrupt. Many good things are accomplished by technology. But technology itself doesn’t DO anything. It is an enabler. It allows people to accomplish things that otherwise were not possible, both for good and for evil. We need discernment by the Holy Spirit to know the difference. We also need, more than ever, to stay aware of and be students of our culture. But we also need to be students of the Bible and God’s will for our lives and our culture. If we focus too heavily on our culture and not God’s Word, we will follow others down a path of self gratification and destruction. If we ignore our culture and don’t try to communicate the Good News in a way that is understandable to the lost of this generation, we also are being too self serving.
These are tough times with tough questions about the culture we live in and how to effectively be “in the world, but not of it”.
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