I have always said, Church is not about making you feel good, or about being entertained, its about the Lord, the Birth, Passion, Death and Resurrection, about the saving grace of the passion of Jesus the Christ! All this, we have to make it interesting, relevant, hip or whatever else you want to call it is crap… The Holy Mass is not about you, per say, its about the Lord and what he did for you and how you are to try and live a holy life. Tell me that’s not relevant! We get out of Mass, what we put into Mass. We must be attentive and open to the Word, we must be present, in the moment of the Mass, and we must internalize the Mass. We don’t need pop music or light shows, we don’t need motivational speakers, we need speakers of the TRUTH, the truth of God and His words, not the truth of the world and pop culture. We need to stop dumbing down the Mass, we need to lift up the masses to the Mass.
I recently attended a service that might help solve the riddle of the fantastic decline of American Christianity. It was a different church from the one I normally go to.
Let me set the scene, perhaps it will sound familiar:
I walked in and immediately realized that I’d inadvertently stumbled upon a totally relaxed, convenient, comfortable brand of church. The first hint was the choir members dressed in shorts and flip flops. Sweet, bro. So chill.
There were a bunch of acoustic guitars and drums and tambourines and a keyboard. Before the service/concert began, some guy came out to rev up the crowd. Opening acts aren’t usually a part of the liturgical experience, but this is 2015 and we’re, like, so not into solemn silence and prayer anymore.