**I'm putting a disclaimer here so that, if you leave hurtful comments, you'll know why I deleted it. I don't mind opposing viewpoints, but I will not tolerate rude/hateful comments. This post is absolutely my opinion. I am in no way trying to say that I'm right and everyone else in the world is wrong. This is just why I believe what I do.**
My world has always revolved around a more traditional type of church. Both my parents are ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ministers who served two separate congregations for over two decades. We didn't get holidays off. Our summer vacations consisted of visiting family and trying to get back before my parents missed a second Sunday. Unless I had a high temperature and was vomiting profusely, I was in Sunday School, then the worship service after coffee fellowship. Most of the members were over the age of 65, and our youth groups were small, (if existent at all). We had organ music, a choral anthem, communion every 4 months, recited The Lord's Prayer and the Apostles' Creed (Ecummenical version if you please), and my parent would stand up and preach for 15 minutes using examples from life and the scripture readings they just read aloud.
This is the church I grew up in. The one with a liturgy. The one without a top-of-the-line sound system and three projector screens. The one that had handbells and acoustic guitar instead of electric guitars and subwoofers. The one without its own Youtube account or TV channel. This is the church I am in love with.
I know that this is not a popular spot for people in my generation. They want to feel plugged in and connected 24/7. They want to feel comfortable and, in some instances, entertained. They prefer a place where they can have their choice of friends for themselves and their small children. The way church portrays itself is different.
My question is, what's wrong with being traditional? When did traditionalists become so outdated that it's considered wrong? Why do I have to feel like people consider me backwards in a forward-moving world?
I'm big on the idea that worshipping God in the way you feel is the most appropriate is what matters. God rejoices in your worship and acknowledgement that he is worthy of praise. If you like attending a church with all the trimmings, then that's what's most important. If you're like me and enjoy attending a more traditional church, that's good too. God just wants our thanks and praise.
It does make my heart sad to see churches closing their doors because they couldn't keep enough members to stay active. Dying churches are just as upsetting to me. There is a level of progress every church has to succumb to, but that does not mean you have to have an extreme makeover to get new members. Unfortunately, it's a bit like playing the waiting game while generations come home to the church of their choosing.
My only request is to make sure you're not making people feel inadequate for not attending a specific type of church.