The decline of the church began in the 60s – maybe a little bit before.
It seems to have paralleled a new religion… Wait no… It wasn’t explicitly called a religion. But it was a new way to invest time and energy. It also changed local patterns of thought, and caused a decrease in small communities creating their own music or creating their own versions of songs.
You’ve may have guessed, I’m talking about the development of mass media.
Of course that’s a whole 20th century thing, but honestly, that development has truly changed how we do just about everything.
Really, the change started with the development of the moveable type printing press.
That wasn’t quite as transformative as radio because we already had books – they were just easier to make now.
Of course radio effected our music production and influences, but that’s again no more than traveling musicians would have done.
Television then is really the deal.
Nah, not really. It’s TV, Radio, Books… all together.
But it’s changed our culture and who we are.
And what we worship for that matter.
Why the thought?
What’s the only time religions have ever been set back or changed directions in the history of the world? When a new one or a rival religion set up shop. It’s difficult to define the term religion. How about worship then? Worship as the giving of time and energy in appreciation of an object or being might suffice as a definition.
So, what in the world happens when we have non’s growing – they have plenty of things to gather meaning from… Or at least num the aching hole in their chests.
Competing against TV, radio, and books….
Or rather not against, because all of those can and are used in support of a Christian direction of worship. So, this is competing against a rival lifestyle that is never going to win completely.
This lifestyle is probably more than just TV.