Quotations: Kevin DeYoung
In order to give this quotation the proper context, let me simply say that Kevin DeYoung is attempting to fairly point out the inconsistencies often present in the critiques of many twenty and thirty somethings who have rejected the church.
“They bemoan the over-programmed church, but then think of a hundred complex, resource-hungry things the church should be doing. They don’t like the church because it is too hierarchical, but then hate it when it has poor leadership. They wish the church could be more diverse, but then leave to meet in a coffee shop with other well-educated thirtysomethings who are into film festivals, NPR, and carbon offsets. They want more of a family spirit, but too much family and they’ll complain that the church is ‘inbred.’ They want the church to know that its reputation with outsiders is terrible, but then are critical when the church is too concerned with appearances. They chide the church for not doing more to address social problems, but then complain when the church gets too political. They want church unity and decry all our denominations, but fail to see the irony in the fact that they have left to do their own thing because they can’t find a single church that can satisfy them. They are critical of the lack of community in teh church, but then want services that allow for individualized worship experiences. They want leaders with vision, but don’t want anyone to tell them what to do or how to think. They want a church where people really know each other and care for each other, but then complain the church today is an isolated country club, only interested in catering to its own members. They want to be connected with history, but are sick of the same prayers and same style every week. They call for not judging the ‘spiritual path of other believers who are dedicated to pleasing God and blessing people,’ and then they blast the traditional church in the harshest, most unflattering terms.”
– Kevin DeYoung, Why We Love the Church