WHY CAN’T THE CHURCH BE MORE LIKE A ROLLING STONES CONCERT?
You know, 20,000 fans! A packed stadium! A great time to be had by all! Singing, celebrating, dancing, and having a great time! And yet, most of these people don’t go to church every week…but they PAID money to come to the concert; sit on the GROUND; and watch a group of old men on the stage HUNDREDS of feet away play the same songs they listened to in their CD player on the way to the concert! What gets these people so excited about, that the church, overall, can’t seem to connect with? Why don’t these people want to come to church? What is it these people love about this concert?”
Here are my thoughts:
They can be themselves
They can dress any way they want to.
They can act any way they want to, as long as it was legal.
They can smoke, drink, and curse.
They can meet new people of the opposite sex and leave with them.
They can re-connect with old friends.
They can sing at the top of their lungs and no one can hear them
They can forget their terrible day at the office and with the kids. They can dance.
They can sit back, chill, and allow some grooving tunes and the words to the songs minister to their soul, and no one is going to ask them to do anything!
So… If we KNEW this is what UNCHURCHED people were looking for, would we be willing to offer it in the church?
Does that make you uncomfortable?
That’s my point. If the church is going to reach unchurched people, we are going to have to get a little bit more uncomfortable!
We are going to have to CHANGE the way we think about church!
By changing the way we think about Jesus!
In fact, go back through the list: THESE people were the ones Jesus hung out with the MOST! He accepted them! He loved them! He partied with them (remember water into wine?!).
Yes, He was different! But He didn’t expect non-believer to act and think like believers before He became their friends.
Are you willing to do that?
Is your church willing to do that?