Well another Friday is upon us. It’s been pretty quiet on the blog recently… not enough controversy perhaps? I have noticed that one of our regular posters has been AWOL this week (and longer?) which may be the reason for the recent cordial conversations that have been taking place.
I’ve been wondering for awhile why most young people today don’t mind the Mass exciting, and somewhere that they really want to be. Now the reasons behind are probably many and varied… poor religious education at home and schools, religious climate in NZ isn’t exactly vibrant, etc etc. I’ll leave those for another day however, as those are discussions that could take awhile. Instead, here are Friday’s alternative reasons why teens don’t find going to Church something they should want to do.
1. Old music and older organists: God bless the local parish organists. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good tune piped out over the old church / pipe organ. But oh boy the music could do with a refreshing. Being a former church organist myself, it always sounded great when the congregation belted out a stirring rendition of ‘How Great Thou Art’ or ‘Be Not Afraid’. Those are great tunes to get the older people out there into the mood, but is it what the young ones really want to hear? And should the music really be played at a snail’s pace? Ok, music shouldn’t be the only thing keeping you from Church.
2. Wussification and political correctness: Who thought it would be a good idea to replace instances of ‘He’ with ‘God’. Or changing the first line of ‘The Servant Song’ from brother, sister let me serve you to… well whatever it is now. I’m pretty sure Jesus called God ‘Father’ throughout the bible which to me, kinda shelves the debate some people want to have as to whether God can be gender specific. There are no ‘Father-Mother’s’ in the bible. We have enough of this PC nonsense shoved down our throats everywhere else, and we certainly don’t need it during Mass as well.
3. Too much World of Warcraft: Leroy Jenkins!!! Ahem. For all those who don’t know what I’m talking about, type Leroy Jenkins into youtube… Anyway, it’s not really only WoW (an online multiplayer game) but all sorts of other distractions as well which make going to Mass a less viable option. And even when you do go, your mind is so cluttered with how to progress your half man/half gnome creature from level 25 to level 26 that you aren’t really spending any quality time with God at all. And then there’s all the latest music replaying in your head. And wondering if the AB’s are going to pull it off this year.
Well I thought I could have thought of more… that’s what Friday does to yiu. I mean you.