Thursday, April 19, 2007

Accommodation

What is accommodation? I've been asking that question lately. I've heard people talk about how we can't do this or that because it will turn people away. We can't make confirmation kids learn the Small Catechism, because they will be put off by it. We can't expect children to be able to sit through Sunday School, so let's just have youth "community building." Then "they" turn around and complain that the kids don't know anything.

When do we stop accommodating and actually do what we were put here to do and preach the Gospel?

3 comments:

Jason said...

I think your church is suffereing from the same symptoms the whole society is (not surprising). The movement toward self-esteem and trying to ratchet the world down to the child's level has resulted in dumbing-down of the entire culture, and nobody's expected to be responsible for knowledge or self-control, or anything else anymore.

I'd be interested to see that effect in a religious setting, when religion is, in effect, the codification of a deity's expectations of its people, however they concieve those.

Sean said...

I don't know if that explanation of religion is quite right, but it isn't necessarily incorrect.

I think that part of the problem is that we expect X out of adults and, in previous generations, we expected kids to be leading up to X or X-n where n is the number of years until they are an adult. Currently we say to kids, you don't need to know that until your an adult, lets talk about Y.

Why? I don't know, but you're right, it's the same in schools. That's part of the reason any job requires a college degree, that's equivalent to a HS diploma. Life would be so much better if I ruled the world. Then it would be going to a different hell in a different handbasket!

Jason said...

Variety of handbaskets is the spice of life.