Pop Culture: My Guilty Pleasure
There are few things out there that I love more than popular culture. I can basically enjoy any magazine with “Today” at the end of it (Psychology Today, Christianity Today, Culture Today, etc.). I love how people think and how those ideas come out in the general culture of a time.
I like looking at things and trying to figure out what kind of cultural thoughts must be contributing to whatever it is I am looking at. What drives leggings? Skinny jeans? The Ford Focus? Popular books? Design? Advertising?
College campuses are great places to do this. Walking in front of you everywhere you go are millions of questions and the physical manifestations of popular culture. What makes one person buy and iPod and wear it all the time? Why does that guy ride a bike, and that guy hate people who ride bikes?
I especially love sitting around and thinking about how these things affect Religion and Spirituality. I love thinking about culture now and how that will affect the church later. How has McDonald’s changed church? The car? How will the iPhone affect church? When will it become socially acceptable to use your SmartPhone to read along with a sermon in church? Technology already has Bible Apps, even Pitch Pipe applications. When will it be socially okay to use them?
One thing I have been thinking about is: how will the recession change church? How will the green movement change church? I am hoping that church will become more community centered. People will not be making as much money and therefore will not have as much to put in the plate of their congregations. Maybe that means that churches won’t be able to afford some of the things that they have in the past like a new building or a fancy basketball gym addition. Maybe people will rethink the 45-mile round trip that they have been taking to church, and instead attempt to form something closer to home, maybe even in-home.
I imagine some sort of utopian world where people on one square block who were previously taking long commutes to a Baptist, Presbyterian, Church of Christ and Catholic church all get together and decide to meet in a home instead. There they grow and learn and love together instead of driving to their 100+ member congregations.
What do you think? Where is the church going, and how has/will the recession change church? Here are some other people’s thoughts on the topic