Postmodern Inconsistencies?

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More from DeYoung and Kluck rebutting postmodern critiques of the institutional church. DeYoung and Kluck acknowledge there are some valid critiques of the institutional church, but want to shed light on what they believe to be some hypocrisies or inconsistencies of those who leave the institutional church for less traditional churches. Here they are not talking so much about outsiders, but to "disgruntled Johnny." Remember too that these guys are youngins…not old guys with an axe to grind. Strong stuff…but worth considering.

"But then
again, consistency is not a postmodern virtue. And nowhere is this more
aptly displayed than in the barrage of criticisms leveled against the
church. The church-is-lame crowd hates Constantine and notions of
Christendom, but they want the church to be a patron of the arts, and
run after-school programs, and bring the world together in peace and
love. They bemoan the over-programmed church, but then think of a
hundred complex, resource-hungry things the church should be doing.
They don't like the church because it is too hierarchical, but then
hate it when it has poor leadership. They wish the church could be more
diverse, but then leave to meet in a coffee shop with other
well-educated thirtysomethings who are into film festivals, NPR, and
carbon offsets. They want more of a family spirit, but too much family
and they'll complain that the church is "inbred." They want the church
to know that its reputation with outsiders is terrible, but then are
critical when the church is too concerned with appearances. They chide
the church for not doing more to address social problems, but then
complain when the church gets too political. They want church unity
and decry all our denominations, but fail to see the irony in the fact
that they have left to do their own thing because they can't find a
single church that can satisfy them. They are critical of the lack of
community in the church, but then want services that allow for
individualized worship experiences. They want leaders with vision,
but don't want anyone to tell them what to do or how to think. They
want a church where the people really know each other and care for each
other, but then they complain the church today is an isolated country
club, only interested in catering to its own members. They want to be
connected with history, but are sick of the same prayers and same style
every week. They call for not judging "the spiritual path of other
believers who are dedicated to pleasing God and blessing people," and
then they blast the traditional church in the harshest, most
unflattering terms.


Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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