Today I wish to commend to your attention an op-ed piece by Brett McCracken in the Wall Street Journal about the perils of “wannabe cool” Christianity.
We have a problem: Young people are leaving evangelical Protestant-dom in droves. Ken Ham will tell you that the answer to this problem is more young-earth creationism, but that notwithstanding, the approach which much of evangelical Protestant-dom has taken to trying to solve this problem has been to reinvent itself in order to appear hip, cool, and relevant.
Will this work? No, says McCracken. Churches that make deep and serious cultural adaptations run the risk of losing relevance with God. Plus there is an irony that the young people whom these churches are attempting to reach will be unimpressed by these churches’ attempts to be relevant.