I heard a radio ad for a church today.
Does that seem odd to anyone else but me?
Okay, ads for used car lots, Mexican restaurants, plumbers, lawyers and grocery stores...obviously, those are legit. But a church?!
So, you might ask yourself, "What does an ad for a church sound like?"
'Softest pews on the planet'?
Well, you're not far off. This particular mega church touted "dynamic preaching and teaching" and "inspiring worship" as a way of "reaching out" to the city and the surrounding community.
Sounds to me like reaching in.
Suppose I am a homeless begger, driven to life on the street by my addictions, or perhaps, just my circumstance. Or maybe I am a wealthy, suburban wife whose husband just left her for another woman. Or maybe I am a person who, on the outside, has it all together, but can't seem to find a way to fill a gnawing emptiness that is eating me alive. Suppose I don't know God or how He fits into this equation called "life" at all.
Am I looking for "dynamic preaching" and "inspiring worship"?
The people looking for that are consumeristic Christians, looking for a church that meets their needs. Because, after all, isn't that the point of church? To go and be "fed"? To have your "cup filled"?
Call me crazy, folks, but I'm thinking we've got this whole church thing backwards.
Is the begger better served by a Bible or a hot meal?