I don't want to seem to be a gloomy, disapproving Puritan, but ought we not rather to weep than to laugh, when we see such trendy entertainment presented as worship of the eternal Triune God?
I agree. I don't like my Church services being mocked nor would I dare mock the services of other sincere Christians. And, yet I don't weep at seeing this either. Let me explain.
As unusual as their services seem to us more traditional folk, I do see some self reflection in this newer generation of Evangelicals (at least here in the States). They are challenging the status quo of their parents. They are challenging their parents political views, their obsession with the "end times", in their allegiance to one political party, to making this a "Christian country" again, etc.
They see themselves as helping bring about their churches' "emergence" to deal with this new world, this post-modern world, as it is, not the world their parents want to go back to. Some of them are even reading early Church fathers and and learning what they had to say. I've even read some of their blogs where they discuss and debate Theosis! I think Bishop NT Wright has had a very positive effect on them in this regards.
I sometimes get infuriated with my cousin who's going through this phase right now, especially with the apparent radical change in his socio-economic/political views. But I also can't help but admire someone willing to challenge everything they were brought up believing. Its a little like the 60s counter-culture in a small way, only I hope this one leads to good.
The video of Pastor Mark Driscoll at the Hagia Sophia a good example. Obviously, he doesn't quite understand the history of Eastern Orthodoxy or the exact events that led to the Fall of Constantinople, but at least he actually made an honest effort. He didn't just discard the Hagia Sophia as some pagan temple that the corrupt early church built. He even mentioned St. John Chrysostom...er Pastor John the Golden Mouthed
. Who knows, maybe he's even read some of his works.
So, yes. This is very strange to us. But even here, God is working hard. They will eventually get a little older, a little wiser and want a worship that is a little more complentative and spiritually satisfying. And maybe then, they will find their home in Holy Orthodoxy...or a good Baptist Church, David