Ok so I will admit I do prefer name brand ketchup over generic, but “fancy?” When did ketchup become fancy? Especially McDonald’s ketchup! No offense, I like McDonald’s. Well, let me rephrase that. I like McDonald’s prices and their coffee isn’t bad, but let’s face it, when I go to McDonald’s it’s usually for one of two things; price or speed. It IS NOT for fancy.
This all brings me to another subject (as you figured it would). I will also begin this by making an admission. I may be a little old fashion, a little bit country, possibly naive, and maybe even a little sheltered. I’m a little hesitant to accept the latter, however having lived in travelled among various cultures. With all that said, I am struggling with what some are calling church. Maybe it’s none of my business what others do, yet I do think someone needs to say something.
I will at least take responsibility for my assignment and say when I go to church I want it to look like church, not a bar scene. I want it to sound like church, not a rock concert. I want to hear lyrics that have a message based on Biblical principles. I want to hear and sing songs that glorify God and minister to the spiritual needs of mankind. I want to hear preaching that will save me from sin not merely entertain my flesh.
I don’t have the time or space here to make all of my argument, but let me suffice it to say I like various styles of Christian music. I don’t have a problem with some of the newer songs. Neither do I have a problem with some of the older ones. As for this “relative preaching”… Well, the Bible is relative to all generations. If we just preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:2), it will touch every area of our lives regardless of age, gender, culture, etc. The Bible’s author is from everlasting to everlasting (Ps. 90:2).
The point is, if we want to be entertained, let’s admit it; the church is not in the entertainment business. We are in the business of helping people to be saved and reaching their potential in Christ. When I go to church I go to pray, worship God, fellowship with the saints so that we can strengthen each other, and to hear the preaching of the Word of God so that my soul can be saved (1 Cor. 1:21).
If I want fancy, I don’t go to McDonalds. Although I do like their ketchup, it matters not what they call it; I can still tell it’s just ketchup. While we are seeking to “win souls” and grow a church for the Lord I’m convinced people are still looking for a church. A church that will help them find the answers to the dilemmas of life. A church that will help them find the change they need in their lives. A church that will save them from their sin.
In this age of “seeker friendly churches” I submit we need some God friendly churches. We need to be extremely conscious of reaching people, but not to the extent of offending God. If we do it His way, I trust we will see the results He desires.
A final admission; I may be a bit finicky because I also prefer the word ketchup over catsup; after all that’s how it’s pronounced. You don’t say Cat-Sup or do you? Let’s just call it (church) what it is and be what we are (the church). When they come they are looking for church. One more thing; when we come let’s have church!