About 10 to 12 years ago there was a video game that I would play for Super NES. It had something to do with gimmicks, and games. When you beat a level a man would come on the screen and say “I’d buy that for a dollar!” Then a girl in a bikini would walk across the screen, I think she was holding a sign or something, but I can’t remember. I just remember this game was all about gimmicks, games and chicks in bikinis.
As I watch churches all across America attempt to pull people into their church its all I can think about… we have reduced the Church to gimmicks, games and chicks in bikinis. Well maybe not the bikinis but give it time…
I want to address this issue of Churches trying to draw people “who otherwise wouldn’t come to church” to church.
I understand the concept of going to all extremes to get people to hear the message of Jesus love. I know that people think it boils down to whether or not other people go to heaven or hell. And I am for reaching the lost, hurting and un-churched. But when it comes to churches spending some extreme cash on bringing people in I think we might want to take a look at what we are doing.
I am a 20 something. I know a number of other 20 something’s. And if there is one thing that we hate, it is the idea of trying to be bought or trying to be sold on something. How the idea of winning a car or a guitar is appealing to us is beyond my belief. In fact I think for people my age it is the exact opposite. I know numerous people who have left their church because they felt like the church was trying to bribe people to come to church.
Jump ahead to someone that is in their 40’s or 50’s. We feed the mid life crisis of “I need more stuff” by giving large gifts to people when they come to church. I mean who doesn’t want to go to a church who gives them the keys to a BMW when they walk out. We feed peoples greed by making them choose between churches and the prizes they will have on Sunday morning. I think I will go to the church who will give me the most stuff. Ah… The American Church.
Large give-a-ways defeat the purpose. Christ represents selfless living and here we are promoting HIS church with selfish living. We are hoping they quit living in sin, while we are helping them sin. People who are going to church to because the church offers stuff are only going because of greed.
Thank God that He is more powerful than our stupid games.
Am I the only one who thinks the Church seems like a video game sometimes?
This is a guest post from Ben Davis. If you are like me and want to read more of what he has to say check out Ben’s blog at http://iambendavis.com/ and tweets @iambendavis
If you are also like me and want to put a face to this post, here is a picture with Ben and his bride and some guy behind them fishing :)