Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Does God really care what our churches look like?
Had thought yesterday about emerging church. Do you think people who do not go to church really care what it looks like? Do you think God does? I'm not talking in terms of holiness and bridal cleanliness more along the lines of style and form?
I wonder if it's not that people don't like traditional church services and old styles of doing things, could it be they don't like Christians?
We don't need emerging churches we need emerging christians. In fact you bring the average punter into an emerging service with candles, a dj, a clip from the matrix and someone walking us through an elaborate non threatening dialogue around perceptions of Christ, they would walk.
Christians are more worried about what church looks like than people who aren't! Many emerging models of church still work on an attractional basis and in all honesty if you want to go down that road you'd be better of being hillsongs.
There is an old school saying that goes something like this "Christ did not command sinners to go to church, but he did command the church to go to sinners"
As long as we are continually hung up on form and style of church the devil is a happy bunny. I really don't think God cares what our churches look like as long as they reach the lost. Obviously he might get a little stressed if we started running naked church!! but you know what I mean.