Tuesday, June 20, 2006

House of Deputies - Failing the "Teen Test"

The House of Deputies is failing the "teen test." The teen test is what a parent of a teenager goes through when they have confronted their teenager with an issue. What does the teen say?

1. "I'm sorry and I will not do it anymore."
2. Go away, I don't want to deal with it.
3. "I'm not sorry and it's none of your business."

When a teen says #1, there is possiblity of forgiveness and moving on, considering the issue at hand.

When a teen says #2, they are so grounded.

When a teen says #3, they are so majorly grounded until the age of 30.

ECUSA is currently in #2 and fast approaching #3.

1 comment:

The Monk said...

Instead of our teens failing the “teen test”, perhaps it is us adults that are failing their “adult test” The problem that I see from all this “discussion” is the fact that many feel that we will become irrelevant if we do go in a new direction, the problem may be that we will become irrelevant if we don’t change. The example of the teen test is right, but you have come up with the wrong answer. Our kids will be the ones to decide if our church will continue to exist or let it die in the breeze. I work with congregations that have refused to change and I see their attendance withering away. It is not because the members object to issues at our General Conventions, no, they are leaving because they are retiring to a different location or because of infirmities can’t get to church anymore, or they just die off. There is no one there to take the place of the folks that have left... If we do not meet the needs of the teens and young adults, we will not be a spiritual force in the minds of our children. So far we have failed. They are not coming because they do not see a connection between traditional values and what they encounter in their everyday lives. Their friends are not in our churches and they will not come either and be the outsider.
There is an old maxim that states, “be nice to your children, they may be your only source of support when you become older”.

So perhaps we ought to pay attention to our kids, they just may be right. The other parts of the Anglican Communion will change when it is their time, and its coming. In the meantime, we are still very much in communion with them on the most important aspect of the work of the church. That is spreading the Gospel and helping those in need.