Yesterday I gave some credit and kudos to the conservative Christians out there. However today I may prove just how liberal I really am…
-That’s the generally feeling of the collective church right now.
If you read any books, any blogs, hear any sermons, then you’ve likely been informed desperately that we’re losing. The current generation is the least churched generation in American history. All the statistics unanimously point out that people are leaving the church. We’re not just in an economic recession – we’re in a church attending recession.
Panic is ensuing. Churches are trying to revamp and slick up to hold people’s attention. Cool lights and stage set up often work for tricking people into thinking you’re not too archaic.
And I’m not particularly worried. Heck, I think it could actually be a good thing.
The way I see it, what exists today (namely, the American version) is a laughable and miserable excuse for the church. Most people think of church as a service they attend once a week where they see a performance and hear how they should give more of their money to the church.
We don’t have the time nor scope to state what the church is – but I feel quite strongly that the living, breathing, bodily organism that Jesus enstated and cut loose on the earth. Something tells me he did not envision church as a place to attend a class and sing songs and see a couple of goofy videos. It echoed a holiday dinner party more than a concert.
So I don’t blame people for leaving. It makes total sense to me. And I theorize that in leaving they acknowledge its flaws and are open to a totally different way – one where the emphasis isn’t on regular attendance or adherence to rules.
I will allow I understand why people are concerned with the exodus away from church. However, ask any mega church pastor, it easily becomes about the numbers and trying to keep people in the church instead of simply enabling them to love.
So maybe we do need to thin out. Maybe we need our passion renewed. The church has traditionally thrived as the minority, it has shown God’s power through less, and not more. When you get more, you get flashy performances and anthemic choruses, but often not church.
What are your thoughts on the church leaving issue? What’s alarming? Could it actually be useful? What does the church do to curb it?