Creed or Chaos
A recent trend has been causing me significant unease. The fixation with “contemporary” has caused many churches to retool themselves to attract young people to their sanctuaries. I applaud the goal. All of us would love to see our churches flooded with teens and young families.
But the methods often chosen to attempt this, however, have resulted in the removal of all that had been inherited from the long past. The diminishment of scripture reading to a brief text, rare reciting of creeds, declining frequency of the sacraments, an aversion to hymnody and written prayers, have been increasing in momentum. This trend has been in aid of making us as up-to-date as 24/7 news channels, the newest technology, and in step with new social media. One of the consequences has been to sacrifice content to style, mind to emotion, and deeds to devotion.
These recent trends make me want to taste the wares of that form of faith that preceded the current fixations. It is one of the reason that causes me to re-introduce an ancient creed for a post-modern age. I confess my attraction to the doggerel, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” (though I’m not sure what “blue” could mean in this context.) But if you are interested in something old and borrowed and yet ever new, I recommend you visit this website and explore the lines of the Apostles’ Creed under the heading “Creed or Chaos”.
David N. Ashton