For a long time, I’ve been angry at the Church.
Okay, I admit it – I’m not angry. I just wanted to pique your interest and get you reading, because in all honesty I think what I have to say is important.
I’m not angry, but I stand back and look at the contemporary American Church, and I wonder. I wonder why we choose to do the things we do. Like programs. Like multi-million dollar buildings. Like the donuts. Our Church culture has turned to amenities and personality and free food to attract people and get them through the doors of our newly-renovated sanctuaries. It’s like we’re afraid. Afraid that if we don’t try to keep up with our modern culture, than people will stop coming and the Church will die out.
I do understand that church leaders don’t plan events and the like just because they’re scared people won’t like Christianity otherwise; I do get that all of the fancy outreach is really meant to attract people where they’re at and with what they like. And I also get that people should use their gifts and skills and passions however they can, all for the glory of God. But what ever happened to just reaching out with Jesus?
I’m no less guilty. I’m writing via a girly blog for goodness sake. I throw on recipes and crafts because I know it’s what people like.
But in the end, I think a lot of what we do, and how flashy we get, stems from the fear that the Church is dying in America. People are turning to agnosticism and new age philosophies and anything that seems more hip. Here’s the bottom line, though. If Christianity were to die out, it’s because it was shallow and fake. But if the God we worship really is the Creator, and really did give His Son in exchange for us, and really wants people to come to Him, we can rest assured that the Church will not die. We should leave worrying about church growth up to Him and instead be obedient and proclaim the beautiful reality of the Gospel, instead of watering it down with events and cool music and hot coffee.