Just Be Cool.
Nothing is less cool than making people conform to something they did not think of themselves. They’re going to respond much better to a form of pastoring that starts with what they want and then builds around them. What is really cool is that we focus more on appearances and feelings. That is cool. Cool is determined by what the people want – what the majority of people expect.
What’s not cool?
- The Bible, except as something quotable
- Reverent language
- Expecting people to think for themselves
- Light shows
- faux hawks and soul patches
- Feel-good, predictable sermons
It is much cooler to appeal to the lowest common denominator and treat it as exceptional than it is to call people to standards that would clearly require discipline and involvement. It’s simply not possible to be too cool, right? I mean, you don’t wind up looking like an idiot when your objective is coolness, right?
Yep. That sounds good.
[This post, and all in this series, are satirical hyperbole. That means I am making a point by exaggerating the opposite point.]