At home with my kids one weekend I selected a song on the iPod and hit play. As they danced and jumped around with the energy of 4 year old and 6 year old little boys…because that’s what they are…I remembered that I had a concert video of the same song being performed.
"Hey guys! I have a dvd that shows the band playing this song in a big stadium and guess what?"
"WHAT?!?! Tell us, DAD!!"
"Right…here…in the video, the guitar player whips the guitar around, slings it onto the stage, and then kicks it! It looks really cool and it sounds even cooler!"
"OK! Let’s watch it!"
A couple weeks later as we drove to church they both asked to come to "the grown ups class". They’ve come in before at certain holidays, but generally they go to their programs and we go to ours, so the request was curious.
"Why do you want to come to our class?"
"Because we want to see them throw and kick the guitars."
Then the thought hit me: the next generation wants to see guitars get thrown around. They want to hear the sounds of an electric guitar being dropped onto the stage and then kicked. They want church to be exciting. They want a celebration. I want church to be exciting. I want it for them too. I love our church, so this isn’t a commentary on the church we attend. And I’m definitely not pushing for theatrics over authenticity. I am saying that if our stories of transformation and life change are true, I have a feeling that the next generation wants to see…hear…feel that difference and change.
So what do we do now?