Today’s postmodernism, sometimes referred to as disorder, presents a challenge for the Church. People are confident of their own abilities to figure things and are less confident in the “establishment” .
Recently, a very smart pastor has written down his view of how the church can navigate this new world. He doesn’t not say exactly how the “Word” should be presented, but lays out broad outlines.
People need to be taught, he says, they have individual abilities to figure things out. But, they also need to be taught everything they figure out needs to be associated with a group. That is, as I understand him, the interpretation of the word is not valid without group vetting or a group filter.
I would agree most people want to belong to some group or community of people. But, I’m not sure the pastor’s model of persuading people to bend their version of truth to the group is what postmodernism is all about.
Instead, I think people will figure things out themselves and join a group that conforms to their beliefs, instead of the other way around. They will also leave groups, denominations, they don’t agree with. That is happening now.
In this day in age when people have computers with vast libraries at the finger tips, challenging authorities, especially those in the church, is easier than ever. It is made even easier by the arbitrary nature of religious documents, like the Bible.
The post modern world is the enemy of organized religion.
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