I totally get it. You saw a lot of excess emotionalism in the church when you were growing up. You experienced hypocrites in the church, acting one way on Sunday and then completely different during the week. You watched people be judgmental and look down on you and people you knew. Maybe you saw church leaders abuse their authority and do more harm than good. I’m with you. I was there too.
Now you’re left with you’re faith that’s genuine, but somehow muted.You downplay your passion for Jesus because you don’t want to be seen as one of “them”: over the top, emotional, fake Christians.
I can hear from many a collective, “Yep.”
I see this mainly in my own generation: ‘Generation X’ . It’s painful as a pastor too watch this generation be externally passionate about everything else but God. Their worship is muted and their zeal is checked. They so badly don’t want to be seen as unauthentic that their passion for Jesus barely shows up on the radar. They’re more passionate about not making a scene and really committing than they are for taking a stand for Christ.
I’m not OK with that.
There’s a big problem coming. This generation is the next in line to be elders and leaders for the church in America. This is the generation that coming generations are watching to get their cues.
There must be a swinging back of the pendulum away from this extreme reservation to step out and do something big for Jesus.
You can be real, authentic AND excited about Jesus and his mission. Being “real” doesn’t mean being a cynic. It means being honest about who you are and who Jesus is in your life.
Looking around at everyone else thinking, “These people need to dial it back” is a cop out for your own lack of spiritual growth. How about focusing on your own passion for Christ: being excited about corporate worship and ecstatic about this mission the church has been called to.
Children complain, adults get it done. Time to grow up. The Church needs you.