What’s Cool About Church?
Church and Cool are not two words I would have used in the same scentence when I was a teenager. The cool people weren’t at Church, they were out on “the strip” having fun on Sunday. I wasn’t one of the cool kids. I was the nerdy kid that made good grades, but I wanted to be a cool kid.
Cool is one of those words that never changes, but the meaning changes. What was in last week is out this week. What was hot last month is not this month. It changes so fast in today’s media that no one can keep up.
Church is also one of those words that never changes. The meaning rarely changes. Church is, well, Church. I think it should change though and at the same time maybe it shouldn’t.
Let me explain:
Church implies worshipping our God. That should stay the same. But have you checked out your local Church lately? Well ours is jumping – literally. We had VBS this week and there were actually those big blow-up houses that you jump in and inflatable slides that are awesome at any age. That’s not all. We had full meals at each service. I was serving in the kitchen so I got to eat “Un-Crustables”! The non-crust, peanut-butter and jelly, sandwich from Heaven!
We had someone playing Mary’s friend “Eunice” in the play for the pre-school group. According to the buzz around the Church, the pre-schoolers were so upset that “Eunice” did not believe that Jesus is the son of God that by the end of the week the script had to be changed. The part of Eunice was rewritten so she could be saved. In the last production, she believed in Jesus! And, the pre-schoolers were no longer worried and concerned for her.
The week to week stuff is great too. We move to different subjects each week in both worship and Sunday-School. We grow together each week as a Church-family and then there’s the awesome multi-media praise session with all kinds of classics and cool new music from live performers. Where can you go and get all that for the price of…nothing but your presence?
It took me a while to realize it, but Church is cool because life is for the marathon runners and not for the sprinters – especially the ones that follow the trend setters.