Is it Christianity?
Most people look to big churches as their example for how to do things. It is assumed that because they are big they are good. Others like to bash churches because they are big. Same reasoning. Because they are big they are just pandering to people’s desires. so they’re not good. Focusing on the size of a church misses the point. As churches grow, slowly or quickly (or even shrink), it’s important to ask what type of disciples are being produced in a church. I submit that this is an infinitely more important question than the size of a church.
Regardless of size, America is afflicted with Christian leaders who communicate (overtly or subtly) that being a Christian doesn’t require much. I would venture to say most Christian leaders ultimately want people to be fully devoted to following Christ and to sacrifice for him and others, but the way they introduce people to the church and then assimilate them makes that nearly impossible. We draw people with slick performances and passive activities and then once they settle in we start to tell them it’s not all about the show and they need to act on their faith. Is it any wonder so many don’t? Is what they come to see as Christianity really Christianity? (In my experiences most people have no idea what it really means to be a Christian–a little Christ.)
I don’t have a lot more to say on this. I’m just pretty sick of commercialized, consumer-driven, materialistic, comfortable, safe, passive, knowledge-only Christianity being okay–even promoted. Imagine what we could be if we communicated and lived the all-encompassing, sacrificial, other-centered, enemy-loving, poor-engaging, redemptive, call of Christ. It would be great.