By Tom Z
11:32 AM EDT, October 25, 2012
Hipsters are known for their snarky, cynical nature, so it was a pretty big surprise to find out about Mars Hill, the megachurch that has become popular with a young, hipsterish crowd. Mars Hill is forward-thinking in many regards; members smoke, practice yoga and talk openly about sex. The church is also active in social media. They have a YouTube page and an iPhone app, and Pastor Mark Driscoll’s podcast gets thousands of downloads. However, the church is also very conservative in some regards. It’s a strange dichotomy. From Alternet.org:
Mars Hill members talk about sex, drink alcohol, get tattoos, and swear. They listen to Fleet Foxes; they love Star Wars and graffiti art. They also believe homosexuality is a sin, men are meant to lead, and wives must submit to their husbands as the church submits to God.
This is one of those things where it's cool compared to other churches, but it's not really that cool. Sort of how John McEnroe was the bad boy of tennis, but he's still a tennis player, which is lame. I've met some of these alternative church-goers. They listen to Christian rock songs that sound like an Incubus song from 5 years ago, they get a tattoo of that footprints painting, and they tell you how God is "a pretty rad dude." Listen, they're nice enough people, far better human beings than me, but calling them hip is ridiculous. They're one step away from wearing carpenter jeans and a "What Would Jesus Do?" snap bracelet.
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