There is a huge issue happening in the church today.
This issue keeps 63 percent of bloggers and authors in business. You might be thinking the issue is about the songs we sing or the coffee churches serve (can you even call it coffee or just nasty hot water). Nope, much deeper then that.
The issue is conversation
I love Jon Stewart. His show is the best 30 minutes of my night. I am a new fan of Jon, but have quickly grown to love his humor, ideas, and views on important political issues. A couple of weeks ago I was thinking about the issue of 20 somethings and the church, and how they are no where to be found. I started to wonder who was at fault? Was it the “lazy” (as some would call them) 20 somethings that are not concerned with religion or was it the church that has seemed to alienate a generation? Jon Stewart quickly gave me the answer.
Over the past 2 years I have not gone to a church service. Sure I have attended church, shoot I play drums at a church almost every single week. But I could not bring myself to sit through the sermon. For some reason there has been a huge disconnect between me and any pastor. I noticed that any time I attended a service I left more sarcastic and bitter then I did before I walked into church. I needed to step away from this and it has been a 2 year journey of trying to figure out why I cannot sit through a sermon. I think I finally figured it out.
Its about the conversation.
My biggest issue with the preaching that I was hearing was there was no conversation tone to it, instead it was a one way street with a delivery of a message and a pat on the back as you left the doors of the church. The conversation was missing.
Now where does Jon Stewart fit into all of this? Well Jon taught me that the conversation was the most important thing. Not about who can shout loud enough, have the best argument, or have the best understanding of history. Jon instead showed me that conversation wins with a generation that is more informed and connected then ever before.
Here are two videos that I think help explain what I am talking about more. Check out these interviews between Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly. The first is from Bill O’Really’s show and the second is from Jon Stewart’s show.
One thing to keep in mind, 63% of O’Reilly’s audience are age 50 years and up. 74% of Stewart’s audience is 18-49 year olds. (you can read more on this here)
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
I will let you take away what you want from the interviews. But to me this perfectly represents the issue. Conversation is dying in the church and I think Bill O’Reilly is to be blamed for this. And possibly, and I say that with a smile on my face, Jon Stewart could bring some answers.
Its about the conversation.
This week I want to keep discussing this. I know that some of you might be highly confused as to what I could possibly mean by this. Over the next couple of days allow us to have a conversation about these ideas. And lets make it a bit more personal shall we.