We are a weird bunch, on one hand people criticise any US multi media I use because it is “too American”….then I get told that Australian movies and TV are terrible compared to overseas ones.
Conferences we organise for pastors often feature American speakers, who we then criticise for being American….?!?
I can’t work it out, and I wonder if it comes from our own heritage, as convicts. Has our convict past meant we are naturally insecure and negative about ourselves?
What I mean is, while we decry anything American, at the same time we are inheritantly insecure about anything Australian. In fact one of the critiques mega church pastors have levelled at them is that they are ‘too American’, but at the same time, for a certain segment of the church, these are the pastors we admire and look to for leadership.
What I do think is that we should be secure enough in ourselves to accept and embrace the pragmatism that the US church brings to us, while also embracing the reflective nature that possibily our Anglo church has given us, while all at the same time embracing the mateship/community aspect of church life that possibly our own culture has added to the mix.
Either way, overt criticism of American Churches may be more to do with our insecurity, rather than real critique, particularly if at their heart, the churches we are critiquing, are truly seeking to achieve the same thing all Christians are, follow Jesus and fulfill His commands.