Notice to American Pastors Who Like to Criticize American Pop Culture
A quick note to American preachers:
You guys are always 10 to 20 years behind the popular culture times. (I’m amazed some of you even have web sites, really, or have even heard of Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube.)
Since you are hell-bent on ignoring Christians in your viewing audience or congregation who do not fit the “married with kids” demographic and actually addressing the needs of never-married adults over the age of 30, (or the divorced, widowers, or Christians with other problems that do not pertain to marriage or parenting), all so you can either sermonize repeatedly about
- wifely / female submission to men; (*barf!*)
- Bible prophecy and Israel;
- the supposed need to tithe;
- the evils of liberalism, homosexuality, Democrats, and abortion;
… and one of your other frequent, other favorite topics to rant about, the downfall and coarsening of American popular culture…
At least. At least. At least KEEP CURRENT WITH POP CULTURE. Please at least keep current with what it is you criticize.
Pastor John Hagee of San Antonio Cornerstone Church in Texas is particularly bad about this. I’ll use him as an example.
I used to watch Hagee’s show frequently, up until a few months ago. Every now and then, I stop and watch for a few minutes before turning the channel.
Even as recent as about a year ago, Hagee was pointing to the popularity of wicca (witchcraft, the occult) with kids and teens, by using the Harry Potter series as an example.
While a lot of people in their early 20s today remain fond of the Harry Potter books and films, the Harry Potter phenomenon cooled off a few years ago. It sounds very out-dated and idiotic to keep railing against a set of books and movies that are no longer so much en vogue with kids.
To point to perhaps the Harry Potter phenomenon as the start of, or an historic point in, the popularity of the occult among American youth might be understandable, but Hagee and other conservative Christians continue to point to the Potter series as though it was just released last month, for pete’s sake.
The game “Dungeons and Dragons” used to be popular with nerdy kids around the late 1970s and into the early 1980s. Its popularity died eons ago (though some may still play it, but it’s not as trendy as it was 20+ years ago).
But that didn’t stop Christian preachers and TV hosts from mentioning the alleged evils and supposed demonic influence of “Dungeons and Dragons” into the late 1990s. I used to see the game mentioned negatively in sermons or online material even at that late date.
I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not until ten years from now that the “John Hagees” of the conservative Christian world began sermonizing on the evil influences of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Rihanna – by that time, those singers probably won’t be as popular as they are now.
If you’re going to criticize pop culture, please at least keep up with the current trends and current famous pop singers.
Still harping on trends or celebrities who were big from 10 or 20 years ago as though they are just as relevant to teens or young adults is annoying and counter productive.
HOWEVER. This does not mean, though, that I want to see preachers of age 35 and up begin casually dropping Lady Gaga’s name into their sermons or blogs, either.
Older adults who try to sound cool and hip to the under-35s age group sound just as lame and pathetic as the age- 70- and- ups who don’t even know who Gaga is in the first place and who keep railing against Elvis Presley’s swinging hips, as though this is still 1953.