I am intrigued by an article from a young pastor posted on RELEVANT magazine’s site. (The Death of Postmodernism by Jim Randas). What I find interesting about Jim Randas’ article is that it echoes many conversations and experiences I have had about what postmodern people really desire–authentic community. Randas says the following (emphasis added):
What I have found has challenged everything I ever thought about the emerging church. I am now the pastor/teacher of a new ministry where we are discovering that today most people have no problem with absolute truth. In fact most people gravitate toward it. What they want is a real connection and community. Realness, for lack of a better word. I would say that a defining characteristic of the post-postmodern church is that, instead of giving answers from the pulpit with a three-point homiletically prose sermon, we are challenging people to ask questions and tell the story of their “real” spiritual journey and find answers together.
What might be surprising to some is that mega-churches in some way often provide excellent small community group options. This is quite different from the myth that is spread around that these ministries are monolithic entities. In fact, I believe it is true that there are pastors of mega-churches that are delusional in thinking they really control their churches the way they think they do. But, nevertheless, people find community in larger churches which is why nearly 40% of people that attend church do it in the top 10% largest churches.
Another thing that is striking is that "absolute truth" is really not a problem in reaching postmoderns, as stated in the quote above. I have always believed this. I think absolutely being dogmatic and angry about holding on to old ways of delivering the truth is really the issue. This is what exits younger folks from our churches. People want truth, but they want discover truth lived out in real life with real people.
If this is truly the case (absolute truth is not a problem with postmoderns), then is postmodernism dead?