Not really. Not that way anyway. Not the kind that spends half the day thinking one is the King of England and requires medicine.
No, I’m schizophrenic* because on the heels of the linked article at the Internet Monk’s blog and subsequent posts supporting the notion that a more traditional, mainline type church is what I’d love to find, I’m here to say that I’ve given it some thought and have concluded that I don’t know what I want.
I deplore simplistic, poorly-written modern praise choruses with their repetitiveness and “Jesus is my boyfriend” mushy sentiments, but I actually like a lot of modern praise songs and I enjoy being able to express my emotions toward God in a church setting.
I love beautiful, poetic, theologically rich hymns like “All Creatures Of Our God And King”, but there are a lot of hymns I detest. “Victory In Jesus”, “I’ll Fly Away” and “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” come to mind. Do we have to sing those?
I love the beauty and formality of a traditional church sanctuary, complete with pews, kneelers, stained glass and altars, but I also like the lyrics to songs projected on the screen so I don’t have to keep looking down and if I want to lift my hands in praise to God, I don’t have to tuck the hymnal under my arm or set it down.
The idea of traditional liturgy – responsive readings, reciting of the creeds, beautiful spoken prayers from a prayer book, weekly Holy Communion – appeals to the part of me that longs for connection to our Christian history. But I do remember growing up in a church that did those kinds of things and the way people droned through the liturgy like a bunch of zombies. If I had to be subjected to that every week, it would break my heart and bore me to tears.
So what is it I want? What kind of church has all this stuff in just the right proportions? Is there such an animal? And am I being ridiculous?
* And yes, I realize that multiple personality disorder is the proper term. Work with me here. I’m just using the typical vernacular. Don’t get your undies in a bunch. :^)