HermeticAlly said:The problem with a lot of big churches is that they don't want to be seen as serious. They think levity, emotional incontinence, and sillyness are virtues - which make them superior to those stuff, old-fashioned churches.
I could see that with Boomers. These are people who often grew up sitting in mainline churches that were rapidly liberalizing and just rotely going through the motions. There's a period in the life of a declining denomination where it is in limbo, a house divided between the faithful and apostates. Evangelical fervor wanes but there is not enough liberalism for it to go as crazy as the mainlines have gone today. Also, the greatest generation was a more serious, staid generation. The Jesus movement of the 60s and 70s was a reaction to this decline and the dearth of excitement. I have a charismatic Boomer relative who to this day simply associates godly worship with "the feels" -- praise songs, raised hands -- and he considers liturgical worship "dead worship."
However, with millennials, how many of them have even been to a traditional church? Maybe when grandma dies. For a generation "the feels" has been the predominant church situation.