Why has the church in America become a business?
Seriously. Stop for a moment and compare the church in America to this little passage here:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Now even if you don’t believe in Jesus you have to admit that this picture above is beautiful. These people; Prayed together, saw miracles happen, loved each other like family/had everything in common, were crazy generous- selling property & possessions to give to anyone in need, they met together every day, they ate meals together, and people were drawn to them like a magnet.
Why do you think they were drawn to them? They were living what seemed like a perfect existence. I’m sure they had problems, like arguments, or lies, fights, and other things. But the picture above portrays an amazing community of people by anyone’s standards.
I’d like to rewrite what I usually see in the American church (just a little satire for fun):
They devoted themselves to reading the Bible in the comfort of their offices and homes, to over consumption of fast food. Nobody believed anymore in miracles, but definitely held to the inerrancy of scripture. All the believers were separated into different departments in the church based on their specific “gifting”. Every Tuesday the church leaders would have staff meeting to talk about the Sunday when all the other believers would get together for an hour. They always went out to the same restaurant after church on Sunday and then tried to avoid each other. Back in the 1990’s the church was growing, but since there’s been a plateau lately they’ve been studying the latest marketing and cultural trends in order to try and reach society. They also shortened sermon time to make sure it’s not too boring for the people coming.
Might sound ridiculous, but that’s how it is, isn’t it?
Hmmm. Maybe people would be drawn to Jesus if we actually lived like followers of Him, instead of a watered down American version.
Then the church in America wouldn’t be ineffective. It would be a force to be reckoned with. It wouldn’t treat people like robots or numbers or products either, but like real people with real beating hearts, gifted personalities and struggles. But man we really have a long way to go don’t we? With God all things are possible.
- Are We Still Raping And Pillaging The Bride Of Christ? (pastorpaulvbsblog.blogspot.com)