I read an article today from a lady who was criticizing 'hip' and 'trendy' churches. Calling the worship a show, describing the people as 'cool', and suggesting that the churches that use apps are more concerned with marketing than really loving people.
I don't know the lady who wrote it or what her experiences are, but it really bothered me. Most things don't get under my skin, but this did. Probably because I hear/read things like this regularly. Sometimes both 'simple' and 'hip' churches can be more concerned with how they appear than who they are & that's a bummer. But, mostly, I think everyone is trying to love Jesus the best they know how.
Here is the truth. Some people like traditional worship, liturgy, technology, acoustic worship, light flashing during worship, stage design and various sizes of groups. Some feel comfortable when the pastor wears a robe & others connect with a pastor wearing jeans and a t-shirt. What seems sincere to you may not seem sincere to me, but that doesn't mean it isn't.
If a church doesn't have an app it doesn't necessarily indicate that they are out of touch with culture, they just don't want technology to complicate things. Churches that do have an app aren't trying to be 'cool', I mean Clorox cleaning products have an app...its just the way the world is communicating.
One group of people love 'simple' services with minimal lighting & design. I get it. They connect with God in a place that feels very intimate to them in that way. Other churches have a bit more production involved in their services. But before you judge lighting & sound, I suggest you read a bit from Revelation 4. Heaven has some bling.
Both are fine. Cool people don't go to one an uncool people to another. One group is not more effective at loving people than another & I guarantee that God attends both.
So, please be careful when you listen to people criticize a church or a style. Don't bash one way of doing things just because it isn't your preference. Lets be the Church. One that is beautiful, diverse, accepting and attractive to the world around us.
I think the Church should do a world-wide Bible study on the tongue from James. Imagine if we gave our voices to sharing Jesus rather than bashing the church.
"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
We need each other. Tattoos, robes, lights, King James Versions, democrats, republicans, acoustic guitars and drum circles...The world needs us all. God uses us all.