Random thoughts on Life, Leadership, & Messy Spirituality

Go to Church – Why?

The following is a blog post by soulpancake.com. @tsparger turned me on to this site.  This is a site where regular people ask spiritual questions and have discussion.  This is a great site to look & see what people are thinking.  It is probably a good idea to know what people are saying, thinking, and trying to understand, if we want to reach to them.  Read the following post and weigh in with your thoughts.  Why do people see the church as so irrelevant?  Why is the church not captivating people’s attention?  What can we do?  Is America a post-Christian society?  What are your thoughts?

soulpancake.com blog post:

“In terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.” —Bill Gates

Sunday School students of the world unite! Or de-unite! We get dressed up every weekend and burn gas to drive over to church and sit in those uncomfortable wooden seats. Why? Can’t I find deliverance watching Patrick Crayton haul in a Tony Romo pass with 105,120 other Cowboys fans? What if I just sat in solitude and read chapters out of Genesis or the Koran? What if I meditated? Or called my mom? Or took a walk in nature?

What’s the point of going to church when there are so many other spiritual things you could be doing?

I can’t wait to see some of your thoughts…


One response

  1. Opinion on the above from Kyle Dowden…

    I believe the perception that the American church today has become irrelavent is based on two factors.

    1) As societies mature, there eventually comes along a philosophy that says “I’m more enlightened than those before me.” We see this in our society today. Our nation’s leaders like to present themselves as enlightened more than the people who founded this country.When an individual thinks they are more enlightened than the church, they develop a mental prejudice that says the church is irrelavent. They more easily pick out it’s faults and ignore it’s successes. At this point, they can easily justify their reasons for not going to church.By the way, we do that inside the church, too.

    2) The church has tended to focus inward on it’s on needs and wants instead of outward on the people who need to be on the inside. When this happens, you develop a “club” atmosphere that tries to protect what the club is all about. Most people are welcome in, but they have to be able to fit in with the rest of the club. Those who cannot will be shunned and eventually driven out.

    Additionally, the American church has become lazy. For many decades, pastors have taught their congregations that it was the pastor’s responsibility to care for every spiritual need of the church family. That can only really work if the church is in reality your own family. The byproduct of this teaching has been a bunch of lazy churches that would rather hire staff to meet the needs, instead of pushing volunteerism.

    The end result is a disconnect between the people in the church and those outside of it. This kind of disconnect, if prolonged, can only lead a society away from the church. And, that is what we are seeing in America today. Give this pattern another twenty years and we will have a post-Christian America.I think there is a solution to the problem. It took a long time for society to get to this point, and it will take time for the church to correct the negative perceptions.

    Here are a few ideas to help:

    – Christ-followers need to be reading their Bibles. If you don’t know what it really says, how are you going to talk to people when they ask you about Jesus? People are smart enough to figure out when you’re giving uneducated answers to their questions.

    – Christians have an exciting and wonderful future after we pass from this earth. We should live like that while we’re still here, and we should want everyone around us to be a part. Jesus is not some big secret we need to be holding to ourselves.

    – The church really needs to start addressing the problems in the world. Christ didn’t say, “Come to me and sit on your fat fanny.” He told his followers to go and make disciples, to care for the sick and needy. Too many American churches are content to keep their heads in the sand while the world around them screams for help.

    – And, the churches in America need to get past their denominational differences. If we teach Christ crucified and risen, and the Bible in it’s entirity, we have no excuse to wall off other denominations that teach the same.

    Denominational pride prevents churches from working together to solve the problems in their communities.

    November 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm

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