This ‘reflection’ is coming from the outside of the emergent/emerging/whatever movement – or whatever they are calling themselves now. I feel like I am friendly with it – or rather, I’m friendly with people who call themselves Emergent or Emerging, and that’s enough for me.
(And as an aside, God help you if you ask someone to define what exactly it is. Definitions are not the strong suit here at all.)
But periodically I hear something, or see something, or read something about Emergent/Emerging/Whatever (henceforth abbreviated EEW 🙂 and I’ve noticed a few consistent trends. One of the main ones is that EEW is…consistently trendy. Now, I say this, once again, as an outsider – this time, to trendiness. I don’t know what cool is, I don’t really know how one would go about becoming cool because I have never been cool. In fact, a large achievement as I’ve gotten older is putting to a slow death my desire to be cool. But that’s another blog post. I do, however, think I know when someone is trying very, very hard to be cool, and I see a lot of that with EEW.
Now, I understand we need to reach out to the young whippersnappers with their iPods
and their identical glasses frames. (I marvel at the fact that whippersnapper doesn’t activate the spell-checker…but iPod does) On the other hand, it also often reminds me of advice that you sometimes get in youth ministry – very well-meaning I assume – which amounts to “make sure you get the cool kids to come to your youth group.”
I think that there is at least a danger here of EEW becoming “No, look, we’re cool too! Look how cool Christianity is! And so edgy! Cool and edgy – how can you resist!?”
Now, as I said, I have no idea what cool is, but I’m pretty sure Christianity isn’t it. I guess you could say sometimes edgy. So is the cool packaging? Or am i missing something?