The statement has come across my desk again today. Gee - it winds me up!
"Today's generation hears with their eyes and thinks with their emotions."
Then the argument usually goes on to speak of the need for far more visual content in our communication (because people hear with their eyes) and far more story content (because people think with their emotions). Yes. Yes. I understand. I accept the reality in this.
But this analysis still makes me so uncomfortable! Basically it is affirming that sociological trends should drive what we do. "If this is the way this generation is going then we need to adapt to it or else we'll get left behind." And so off we go with that pin-ball panic, grabbing every programme available to stop us becoming irrelevant.
I just do not think that this is the full answer. If this is the way the world is going, then one of our responses must be to teach people to hear with their ears and think with their minds. I do not accept that sociological trends should be running the show. If we keep bending to these trends, one day we will find that we have fallen in. Is that the relevance we want? That's not relevance. That is accommodation. It is irrelevance!
Instead of just bending all the time we need a little backbone. We need to strengthen that backbone with theological truth. Let the truths push the trends around a bit more. I just shudder at the thought of how God and his Jesus might respond to a discipleship that prioritises the eyes over the ears and the emotions over the mind.