I’ve had a brief but friendly exchange with a commentator named Pam concerning my piece on spiritual malpractice both inside the Catholic church (I heard an excellent example of this recently in a sermon that suggesting lesson of the loaves & fishes was sharing as if the significance of the loaves & fishes was a multitude sharing their afternoon rations rather than Christ miraculously feeding the five thousand).
My point was that the fruit of the reformation or anyone that preaches to please is basically serving themselves rather than Christ or the Church.
Yesterday the Anchoress elaborated on the subject in a post about a young girl who foolishly decided to follow a fad:
When people ask me what I think is “the biggest idol we face”, meaning what is the most challenging Strange God that needs to be swept away from us, I tell them “the zeitgeist; the need to be part of every trend. It is a most insidious idol, because it seems so innocuous; we’re just doing what everyone is doing, wearing what everyone is wearing, driving what everyone is driving, right?”
In truth the idol of the zeitgeist, of being hip, is one we bow down to daily and we train our children to prostrate themselves to it, from a very early age, when we communicate to them that yes, they need the lastest game; they must wear the latest styles; they should certainly have the trendy gear. And this is an idol that blocks us from faith-practices, from reality and eventually from ourselves:.
She also includes a quote from her book where she really nails down the reality that I’ve mentioned of playing with doctrine to woo the masses:
If Christ and his Church are to be a “sign that will be contradicted” (Lk 2:34), the Church of What’s Happening Now is the vehicle of worldly affirmation; its only membership requirement is that one be immediately and unquestioningly in tune with the conventional wisdom of the day
And if we don’t move the world will try to move us.
You should read the Anchoress’ entire piece, in fact you should read her book as well.
I guarantee you that before another generation is born we will see churches redefine sin even farther with the media celebrating them when they do and when they can’t get a church to move they’ll spin what is taught falsely to achieve the same end.
And I further guarantee that if you choose to redefine sin the forces of the Zeitgeist will celebrate you and you’ll be complemented for it publicly for the rest of your days…
…after that you’re on your own.