Let me start by pointing out that Rich Van Voorst has posted the latest blog in our series on Worship and Theology over at his blog. This post is number 4. We will begin numbering our post so you can follow the flow better.
Ok, to my thoughts:
Wal-Mart killing the church. There, I said it.
Ok, So I don’t mean that Sam Walton is out to destroy Christianity. I am pretty sure he isn’t.
What I mean is the philosophy that drives Wal-Mart is bleeding into our concept of church in ways that are disconcerting.
When you go to Wal-Mart you are confronted with a dizzying array of choices. What kind of orange soda does my mother-in-law want? Shasta? Sunkist? Orange Crush? Fanta? Sam’s Choice? Nehi? Barrilitos? Even worse, what if she wants carbonated orange drink that isn’t soda; the choices increase exponentially.
So there I stand in the aisle dedicated to soda, reeling at my choices.
But I am not that worried. If I pick the wrong one and she wants another, though it will be a pain, all I have to is go back and get the right one.
We can have anything we want custom made. I presided over a weeding a few years ago where the bride and groom had M&M’s made with their names on them. How cool is that!
Unfortunately we have brought this mentality to church. Our commitment only runs as deep as the given churches commitment to make us happy. If anything changes that we don’t like, we quit and go somewhere that fits our needs.
If they serve Matza bread at communion, we leave for the Church of the Leavened Bread. If they don’t cater to our needs we find someone who will. This is what has created 27,647 distinct IRS recognized church divisions in the United states.
You could go to a different denomination once a day, everyday from the day you were born and would not finish visiting them all until you were 75!
We have got to commit to a church and believe that we are a part of that body. If we believe that the Bible is true, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that people to not join churches at random. They are created to be specific part of a body at a specific time. They are not created to endlessly seek what makes them happy.
It is not always easy, but we are created for a specific church and that church needs us, and we need them.